Clothing and Utilities

Clothing Allowance

The clothing allowance is a fortnightly payment to some disability pensioners to help offset the cost of replacing worn or damaged clothing resulting from certain disabilities.

Some veterans might be able to claim the clothing allowance if they have:

  • one arm and leg amputated
  • both arms or both legs amputated
  • one leg amputated resulting in certain hip problems
  • both eyes blinded.

Note: Some veterans might also be eligible under other circumstances.

Find out if you are eligible, how much the allowance is and how it is paid, and other important information.

See Factsheet:

You will need to fill out an application for clothing allowance form and send it to your nearest DVA office.

See Form:

D0418 Application for payment of clothing allowance (PDF 202kB)

Utilities Allowance

The utilities allowance was a payment made under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) to eligible DVA pensioners to assist with payment of energy, rates, water and sewerage expenses.

From 20 September 2009, the utilities allowance has been replaced by the pension supplement.

To find out if you are eligible, how much the supplement is, how it is paid, and other important information, see Factsheet:

Telephone Allowance

The telephone allowance was previously paid to assist with the payment of telephone and internet accounts.

From 20 September 2009, the telephone allowance has been replaced by a number of different supplement payments:

  • pension supplement,
  • seniors supplement;
  • veterans supplement; and
  • MRCA supplement.

These supplement payments include the value of the telephone allowance at the internet rate.

To find out if you are eligible, how much the allowance is, how it is paid and other important information, see Factsheets: