Specialist Medical Review Council

Nominations for SMRC Councillors now open!

This is an interesting and important opportunity to play a key role in the veterans' support system.  The Specialist Medical Review Council is an independent statutory body, whose role is to review decisions of the Repatriation Medical Authority about the Statements of Principles.  The Statements of Principles are legal instruments that define the causes of medical conditions and are then required to be used by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to establish a connection between a veterans' service and the development of a claimed medical condition.  Councillors are appointed by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs.

Nominations are open to specialists with a minimum of 10 years' experience as a medical practitioner or medical scientist; and for epidemiologists, at least 5 years' experience in the field of epidemiology.

Councillors are sought for a current review of Hashimoto Thyroiditis.

Nominations are also sought for a panel of potential appointees for future reviews.

Successful applicants may in future be considered for the role of Convener of the SMRC.

Please see Job SMRC1889 listed on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs APS Jobs Candidate Portal

Enquiries can be made to SMRC.Registrar@SMRC.gov.au.

About SMRC

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

The SMRC reviews some decisions made by the Repatriation Medical Authority (RMA) in relation to Statements of Principles.

Statements of Principles (SOPs) are disallowable instruments used to determine liability for claims made under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA).

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

A decision by the RMA under s 196CA not to carry out an investigation, is not a decision which the Council has the power to review.

Please Note:

The SMRC does not make or review decisions about individual Repatriation pensions. If you have any queries regarding claims for pension you should contact the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs or by phone to: 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372)

About the SMRC

Information about the Specialist Medical Review Council.

Reviews & Submissions

Information about the review process and submissions made to the Specialist Medical Review Council.


Decisions of the Specialist Medical Review Council since its inception in 1994.