About SMRC

The Specialist Medical Review Council (SMRC) is an independent statutory body responsible to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.

The legislative authority for the Specialist Medical Review Council is contained in Part XIB of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA).

As part of the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio the Specialist Medical Review Council provides on request a service to a person eligible to make a claim for a pension under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (and organisations as provided for in the same Act), and a person eligible to make a claim for compensation under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (and organisations as provided for in the same Act).

On request from an eligible person or organisation the Specialist Medical Review Council reviews Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA) decisions in respect to the contents of a Statement of Principles, or a decision of the Repatriation Medical Authority not to issue a Statement of Principles, or a decision of the Repatriation Medical Authority not to amend a Statement of Principles, or a decision by the Repatriation Medical Authority not to carry out an investigation under section 196C(4) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

The Specialist Medical Review Council consists of medical practitioners and medical scientists appointed as Councillors by the Minister and selected by the Convener of the Specialist Medical Review Council for a particular review (3-5 Councillors) on the basis of their expertise in the injury or disease relevant to the Statement of Principles subject to review.

The Specialist Medical Review Council’s Secretariat staff are employees of Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

For details on the SMRC’s review process see The SMRC Process of Review.

Those considering making an application or a submission to the SMRC, are advised to contact the office to discuss the processes.