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Our purpose

Our role

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs delivers government programs for war veterans, members of the Australian Defence Force, members of the Australian Federal Police and their dependants.

We administer legislation, including:

A full listing of the legislation administered by the Department is set out in the Administrative Arrangements Orders

The latest compilation of the legislation is available at ComLaw.

Our values

DVA upholds the Australian Public Service values:

"Impartial, Committed to Service, Accountable, Respectful, Ethical" (ICARE)

See: APS values, Corporate Plan, Client Service Charter


Each year we report to Parliament on our performance against three important outcomes:

Outcome 1: Maintain and enhance the financial wellbeing and self-sufficiency of eligible persons and their dependants through access to income support, compensation, and other support services, including advice and information about entitlements.

Outcome 2: Maintain and enhance the physical wellbeing and quality of life of eligible persons and their dependants through health and other care services that promote early intervention, prevention and treatment, including advice and information about health service entitlements.

Outcome 3: Acknowledgement and commemoration of those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations through promoting recognition of service and sacrifice, preservation of Australia’s wartime heritage, and official commemorations.

See further: Annual reports

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