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DVA's Purpose

To support those who serve or have served in the defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice, through:

  1. Maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of clients by improving their financial wellbeing and self-sufficiency.
  2. Maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of clients by improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
  3. Acknowledging and commemorating veterans’ service and sacrifice, and promoting an increased understanding of Australia’s wartime history. 

About the Portfolio

The Veterans’ Affairs portfolio sits within the broader Defence portfolio and is comprised of a number of agencies and bodies responsible for carrying out government policy and implementing programs to fulfil Australia’s obligations to war veterans, members of the Australian Defence Force and their dependants. The Veterans’ Affairs portfolio is administered under the direction of the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. These organisations include the:

  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Repatriation Commission
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
  • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service 
  • Veterans’ Review Board
  • Repatriation Medical Authority
  • Specialist Medical Review Council 
  • Veterans’ Children Education Board
  • Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Board
  • Office of Australian War Graves 
  • Australian War Memorial 
  • Defence Service Home Insurance Scheme 

DVA is the primary agency responsible for developing and implementing programs that assist a range of clients including veterans, Australian Defence Force personnel, and their dependants by providing services, care and advice, including pensions and compensation, health care, rehabilitation, counselling services and more. 

DVA provides policy advice, administrative support and staff for the Repatriation Commission and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (MRCC). DVA administers payments and services under a range of legislation, including the Veterans’ Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA), the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA), the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA), The Defence Service Homes Act 1918 and the War Graves Act 1980

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