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VITA



The Veterans’ Indemnity and Training Association Inc. (VITA) provides access to professional indemnity insurance at an affordable cost for members of ex-service organisations and incorporated groups who provide advice and advocacy services to members of the ex-service community about government pensions, benefits and community support services.

VITA supports and recognises advocates under the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) and the Training and Information Program (TIP). These programs deliver the training and currency needed for advocates to meet the requirements of the professional indemnity insurer.

VITA has previously issued an Open Letter stating that professional indemnity insurance coverage would continue to be available to TIP-trained practitioners until such time as all who wish to transfer into the ATDP stream via the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway have had ample opportunity to do so.
The letter also stated that eventually cover would have to be curtailed as practitioners are required to maintain currency but, as TIP refresher training is no longer available, TIP practitioners cannot update their training without ATDP accreditation. RPL opportunities have been available for some time for Level 2 practitioners, are now available for Level 1 practitioners, and will be offered soon for Level 3 and 4 advocates.

Consequently, VITA advises the following cut-off dates for coverage of TIP-trained advocates not progressing through to the ATDP stream:
Level 1 and 2: Cover will not be available beyond 30 June 2019
Level 3 and 4: Cover will not be available beyond 31 December 2021

VITA believes these dates will provide continuing opportunities for RPL transition for those intending to do so, while allowing those not intending to transfer to continue to practice while a body of ATDP accredited advocates is built up to meet ongoing client demand.

Dennis Mitchell
President
7 December 2017



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.



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
YES
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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