Statistics about the veteran population

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) regularly compiles the following statistics:


Pensioner Summary Statistics – VEA only

As of September 2013, changes have been made as to how Disability Pensioners, War Widows and Orphans are counted in this publication.  Because of these changes, figures by conflict from September 2013 onwards are not comparable with earlier reports.  For more information please see the notes page within the report.

These reports summarise the major pension groups by rate of payment, state of residence, sex, age and conflict in which the veteran first served. Please see note below regarding obtaining more information or information in a different format.

Frequency:  Quarterly (Data as at March, June, September, December)

Treatment Population Statistics

As of September 2013, changes have been made as to how card holders are counted by conflict (table 6 of this report).  Because of these changes, figures by conflict from September 2013 onwards are not comparable with earlier reports.  For more information please see the notes page within the report.

These statistics report on the Department's treatment card population by eligibility, card type, state, sex, age and conflict in which the veteran first served.

The treatment population consists of veterans and dependants entitled to treatment at departmental expense under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986, Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (card holders only), the Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Amendment (No2) Act 1987 and the Veterans' Entitlements (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1986. Please see note below regarding obtaining more information or information in a different format.

Frequency:  Quarterly (Data as at March, June, September, December)

Top 20 Accepted Conditions (Recent Conflicts & Vietnam)

These statistics report the top 20 accepted VEA and MRCA conditions as coded by the Statements of Principles for the following conflicts: Afghanistan; Iraq; East Timor (Timor Leste); Solomon Islands; and Vietnam.

For further information and data specific caveats see the notes at the bottom of each report.

Frequency: Half Yearly (Total number of accepted condition as at March and September). 

VEA Population Projections (Executive summary)

The Executive Summary of DVA Beneficiaries contains 10 yearly National and State forecasts for all pensions, card holders and miscellaneous benefits entitled under the VEA.

These forecasts can be broken down further into age, sex and other categories upon making request to the DVA Statistical Services and Nominal Rolls Section.

Note: There are currently no population projections for DVA’s MRCA and SRCA populations.

Frequency:  Half Yearly (based on December and June population figures)

DVA Stats at a Glance

The DVA Stats at a Glance card is a summary card produced twice a year which includes high-level information about DVA’s clients, pension rates and Departmental expenditure.

Frequency:  Half Yearly (Data as at March and September)

Local Government Area (LGA) Profile 

These reports summarise the numbers of DVA pensioners and treatment card holders (including MRCA and SRCA active clients) in each of Australia's 565 local government areas by State and Territory. The reports are derived by geocoding beneficiaries to local government area boundaries (i.e. determining their exact geographical location). Please see note below regarding obtaining more information or information in a different format.

Note:

    1. Individuals who could not be geocoded to a specific local government area within a State or Territory are reported as an unincorporated group (e.g. 'Unincorporated NSW').
    2. Those who could not be geocoded to a specific State or Territory, or who live overseas, are not reported.
    3. The reports have been modified to reduce the chances of individual clients being identified.

Frequency:  Quarterly (Data as at March, June, September, December)

Federal Electorate Profile

These profiles report on the number of DVA pensioners and treatment card holders holders (including MRCA and SRCA active clients) in each of the Federal electorates by State and Territory. From September 2013, boundaries used are those current for the September 2013 Federal election. Each electorate profile is on a separate page. Please see note below regarding obtaining more information or information in a different format.

Frequency:  Quarterly (Data as at March, June, September, December)

Previous Statistical Publications

This page only lists the latest statistical publication for each type of publication.  For a listing of historical statistical reports please proceed to the Historical Listing of  Statistical Publications page.

Obtaining more information or information in a different format

If you have a requirement for statistical information regarding DVA pensioners and treatment cardholders that is not provided by any of the above publications, or is not in a format accessible to you, you may request a specific report from the Statistical Services & Nominal Rolls section via this link. Please note that information cannot be supplied at a level that will enable an individual to be identified.