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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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19 June 2017

Senior members of Veterans’ Review Board reappointed

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today announced that the Governor-General had reappointed four Senior Members of the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

The four members are Colonel Evan Carlin, Colonel Craig McConaghy SC, Dr Peter Salu and Group Captain Anne Trengove.

The VRB is an independent tribunal that exists to review certain decisions made by the Repatriation Commission under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) and certain determinations under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 made by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the three Service Chiefs.

“All four members have made an outstanding contribution to the VRB and to the welfare of veterans,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Board plays a vital role in ensuring veterans receive all the benefits and payments to which they are entitled.

“I congratulate all the appointees and look forward to their continuing contribution to the VRB.”

Senior Members of the VRB are lawyers or professionals who preside over hearings, usually on a part-time basis. All four members were originally appointed to the VRB on 4 August 2014, under subsection 158 (1) of the VEA.

The biographies of the appointees are available on the VRB website (

Media enquiries:

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

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.