This is of interest to all Sailors, current & paid off
The Repatriation and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission has agreed that for those who served on board any of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships listed below between 1 January 1940 and 31 December 2003, it no longer necessary to seek case-by-case conformation of asbestos exposure as it is known that asbestos was likely to be present on those ships during that period.
It should be noted that while this policy change primarily affects claims by RAN veterans, it applies equally to members of all armed services, i.e. where an Army or Air Force member served aboard a listed ship, there is likewise no need to seek individual conformation of exposure from Defence. http://auth-clik.dvastaff.dva.gov.au/compensation-and-support-policylibrary/part-4-disability-compensation-eligibility/44-causal-connection-injury-or-disease-service/4411-claims-relating-asbestosexposure-while-serving-certain-ran-vessels