We are an organisation formed by Veterans of the Australian Armed Forces who have been recognised by the Government as participants in the British Nuclear Test Programme carried out in or on Australian Territory during the 1940s and thereafter.
Our members served in Japan (1945), Monte Bello Islands (1952- 56), Emu Fields (1953) and Maralinga (1956- 57).
The Association also embraces those 18 year old National Service draftees of the Navy Wills Intake of January 1956. In all there were 88 draftees who within two months were working on the Monte Bello Islands preparing for the Mosaic Series of tests in 1956. The work sites had been radiated by fallout from the first nuclear test only a few years earlier.
The Australian Ex-Services Atomic Survivors Association was formed in Perth in 1985 and is not aligned with any other like organisation within Australia. Our members have served in Japan (1945), Monte Bello Islands (1952- 56), Emu Fields (1953) and Maralinga (1956- 57). Channel 7 Today Tonight report on Montebello Nuclear TestsWest Australian Newspaper: WA Radiation Veterans Fighting for Recognition
To bring together any qualified persons, whether of the Armed Forces or Civilian Occupation, that were participants in the British Nuclear Test Programme carried out on Australian Territory during the 1950s and thereafter, with the intent of providing assistance to them in pursuit of recognition by Government of their Service and acceptance of their, physical or mental injuries and provision of gold-standard health support.
To bring to the public's attention the lack of the Australian Government's acceptance of the health issues faced by the personnel, both Service and Civilian, involved in the British Nuclear Test programme.
To pursue acknowledgement by the government that its personnel service records are inaccurate in regard to the British Test Program.
Additionally we seek:-
• Acceptance of the likelihood of genetic transfer of radiation-caused problems toward our descendants
• Re-appraisal of our service status from Non-Warlike to Warlike in view of the strong possibility that injury sustained through radiation exposure may befall the veteran many years after the event
• Revision of related Service Records, as those held by Government are extremely suspect, as a viable source of evidence when considering Veteran's Claims. Refuted claims have been successfully challenged because these records are either faulty, incorrect, non-existent or misused.