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VITA

VITA Brochure (2018)

Click here to view/print the latest version of the VITA brochure



ESO Letter of Authority

It is a requirement of VITA’s insurance policies that an advocate has a Letter of Authorisation from their ESO.

The letter must be from a member of the ESO’s executive, be dated, and state that it authorises the named advocate to act on that ESO’s behalf in providing advocacy services.
It must also state the level to which the advocate is authorised to act – that is, Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 – and that the advocate’s skills and knowledge are up-to-date. (Under TIP this meant attending a refresher course at least every three years, and with ATDP it means participating in continuing professional development.)

If the advocate does not have a Letter of Authorisation the insurer will not accept liability.
A VITA endorsed sample Letter of Authorisation can be downloaded here.
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VITA Coverage for TIP Trained Practitioners

The ATDP has received many inquiries about when VITA insurance coverage for TIP trained practitioners ceases.

Click here to view/download a letter from the President of the Veterans' Indemnity and Training Association (VITA) explaining the situation.
If you have any further VITA questions, there are contact details for VITA on the letter.



DO I NEED ACCREDITATION?


ATDP accreditation is required for members of ESOs who provide information, options and/or advice about accessing entitlements, benefits and services. 

Any activities that do not involve providing information, options and/or advice—such as driving, hospital and home visits, social activities, domestic assistance and home maintenance—do not require ATDP accreditation.

The following list is intended to provide an indication of the types of activities that require ATDP accreditation. 
It is not intended to show which services require additional certification, skills or qualifications such as police checks or training in counselling. This information is available from your ESO.

Which activities require ATDP accreditation?

Activity
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NO
Prepare and/or lodge liability, compensation and income support claims
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Prepare requests for review of DVA decisions
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Prepare appeals for review by the Veterans’ Review Board or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
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Provide representation at hearings by the Veterans’ Review Board and Administrative Appeals Tribunal
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Provide information and/or referrals for health, rehabilitation, housing, transport, household assistance, education schemes, and other government or community services and benefits
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Provide advice and information about government services for transitioning from the military to civilian life
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Provide information and/or referrals for medical, financial, legal and police matters
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Provide information and/or referrals for funeral arrangements and bereavement assistance
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Visits to home, hospital and aged care facilities that do not include the provision of information or advice

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Personal services such as researching and delivering eulogies, driving, shopping trips, domestic assistance, child care and home maintenance

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Administration, such as for ESO clubs, offices and day clubs

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Organising and conducting social, family and sporting activities

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If qualified, providing professional services on behalf of an ESO that require non-ATDP qualifications, such as counselling and sports coaching

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Providing or administering services and support on behalf of the ESO, such as financial support, scholarships, accommodation, welfare checks and mentoring children

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Training or instruction on behalf of the ESO, such as cooking, craft, gardening, and home and car maintenance

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