Types of claims
A range of benefits are available depending on your circumstances, under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA), the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA), and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA).
There are two types of payments:
- Compensation payments include disability pension, war widow/er's pension, permanent impairment payments and incapacity payments.
- Income support payments include service pension and income support supplement.
For more detail, see the Pensions & Compensation section of this website. If you wish to lodge a claim, see Lodging my claim.
If you are unsure of what you may be able to claim, you should get help. You can ask your local ex-service organisation as they often have pension officers and advocates who are specially trained to help you. Or you can visit or call your local VAN office.
This is a tax-free benefit paid to Australian veterans who have had an illness or injury accepted by DVA as being caused by their service before 1 July 2004. The rate of disability pension payable depends on how severe the illness or injury is.
War widow's pension
War widow's pension is paid to the partner of a deceased veteran who was a former prisoner-of-war, who was in receipt of the Special Rate (TPI pension), the Extreme Disablement Adjustment, disability pension at the Intermediate Rate, disability pension at the Temporary Special Rate, or disability pension at an increased rate due to being a double amputee or blinded, or whose death has been accepted as service-related. A pension can also be paid to the dependent children of a deceased veteran.
Permanent impairment payment
This is a compensation payment for permanent impairment suffered as a result of service with the ADF. It is provided under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) for service on or after 1 July 2004, and under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986 (SRCA) for service prior to 1 July 2004.
To claim for a permanent impairment payment you first must have had a claim for liability accepted under the SRCA or MRCA. See Lodging my claim for more information on how to submit a claim for liability under the SRCA and MRCA.
Incapacity payments are compensation for economic loss due to inability to work because of injury or disease which has been accepted as service-related. It is provided under the MRCA for service on or after 1 July 2004, and under the SRCA for service prior to 1 July 2004.
To claim for incapacity payments you first must have had a claim for liability accepted under the SRCA or MRCA. See Lodging my claim for more information on how to submit a claim for liability under the SRCA and MRCA.
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Income Support claims
Service pension is an income support payment that provides a regular income for people with limited means. A service pension can be paid to veterans with qualifying service on the grounds of age or invalidity and also to eligible partners, widows and widowers. It is subject to the income and assets tests.
Income Support Supplement
The Income Support Supplement (ISS) is paid to war widows/widowers and wholly dependent partners under the MRCA who have limited means. It is subject to the income and assets tests. It enables war widows/widowers to receive all of their payments through DVA.
An age pension may be paid to a person with limited means who has reached pension age. It is subject to the income and assets test.
The majority of age pensioners are paid by Centrelink. However, eligible veterans, who have an accepted disability or receive a disability pension from DVA but do not have qualifying service, may be paid their age pension by DVA. Their partner may also receive their age or wife pension from DVA, if eligible.
Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) is an income support payment paid by DVA to those whose social security income support payment has been reduced or is not payable due to a DVA disability pension. There is no need to claim DFISA, it will be automatically assessed and paid. If Centrelink pays your income support payment, Centrelink calculates the amount of DFISA payable. If DVA pays your age pension or wife pension, DVA calculates the amount of DFISA payable.
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