Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
The Veterans' Review Board (VRB) is part of the Repatriation determining system but is independent of the Repatriation Commission and the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The VRB is a tribunal created by Parliament to review decisions about Repatriation pensions (other than service pensions) and attendant allowance. It aims to provide correct, high quality, impartial decisions in a timely and efficient manner. The VRB is made up of staff who manage its affairs and assist members, and panels of members who hear and decide applications for review. A panel consists of up to three persons with a wide range of skills, including service experience and legal qualifications. All panel members are independent persons appointed by the Governor General.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    The Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, subsection 134(1) formally titled the Veterans' Review originally established under the Repatriation Act 1920

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    999

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Tribunal

  • Creation Date

    1 January 1985

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Jane Anderson LLB (Hons), LLM 31 January 2018 30 January 2023
Member Colonel Ms. Catherine Carrigan 19 July 2018 18 July 2023
Member Colonel Christopher Austin ADC 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Colonel David Collins BEd/Tr, DipLaw, MMan/Gov 19 July 2018 18 July 2023
Member Ms. Sandra Kerr LLB, LLM 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Major Jennifer Walker BBus, DipMktgRes, Ret'd 19 July 2018 18 July 2023
Member Commander Neville Wyatt LLB, BCMN, RFD, RAN 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Service Member Mark Bornholt Brigadier, AM (Ret'd) 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Ms. Josephine Lumb BA, LLB 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Group Captain Ms. Anne Trengove 19 July 2018 18 July 2023
Member Colonel Peter Maher BA, GDipMgtStud (Ret'd) 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Ms. Mary Desses 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Colonel Evan Carlin LLB 19 July 2018 18 July 2022
Member Dr Scott Clark BPsych (Hons), PhD 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Prof. Robert McLaughlin RAN 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Dr Peter Salu LLB (Hons), PhD 19 July 2018 18 July 2023
Member Major General Francis Roberts BCE, MS, AO, Ret'd 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Ms. Robyn Bailey BA, LLB, LLM, NMAS, ACC SPEC (PI) 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Commodore Simon Hart MSc MA CSC RAN 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Major Robert Douglass LLB, BEcon, MA 12 November 2020 11 November 2023
Member Ms. Hilary Kramer BA, LLB 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Colonel Robin Regan CSC (Ret'd) 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Dr. Peter Habersberger AM RFD RANR-(Ret'd) 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Colonel Warwick Young OAM 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Mrs. Susan Trotter 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Mr. Steven Coghlan 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Brigadier David Thomae 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Brigadier Alison Creagh CSC (Ret'd) 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Lieutenant Colonel Michael Kelly 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Commander Sophia White RAN 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Associate Professor David Letts AM CSM RAN 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Ms. Amanda MacDonald 19 July 2018 18 July 2023
Member Group Captain Louise Hunt LLB, LLM 1 January 2019 31 December 2024
Member Dr. Jane Harte Daniel 21 November 2018 20 November 2023
Member Major Mr. John Lewis (Ret'd) 19 July 2018 18 July 2023
Member Dr. Leith Henry 19 July 2018 18 July 2022
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