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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Defence Materiel

7 May 2016

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission Appointments

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, today announced two appointments to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC).

Air Vice-Marshal Tracy Smart AM and Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM have been appointed to the MRCC.

“Under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, two members of the MRCC, nominated by the Minister for Defence, must come from the Department of Defence or be permanent members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF),” Mr Tehan said.

“It has been practice to appoint people occupying the roles of Head People Capability and Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General ADF to the MRCC Permanent Forces positions because the roles and responsibilities of these positions complement the MRCC.

“Air Vice-Marshal Smart joined the Air Force in 1985, and has held roles responsible for major reform in health services in the ADF.

“In December 2015, she was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal, assuming the positions of Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General ADF, as well as being a member of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council for Veterans’ Mental Health.

“Rear Admiral Wolski has 30 years’ experience serving in the Royal Australian Navy and was promoted to his current rank and assumed the appointment of Head People Capability in December 2015.”

Mr Tehan thanked the outgoing members, Rear Admiral Robyn Walker and Air Vice-Marshal Anthony Needham for their service on the MRCC and wished them all the best for the future.

Media Contacts:
Byron Vale (Minister Tehan’s Office): 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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