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Factsheet DP78 - Vehicle Assistance Scheme

Purpose

This Factsheet provides a brief description of the Vehicle Assistance Scheme (VAS) administered under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA). It outlines who is eligible to apply for VAS and how to apply.

What is the VAS?

The VAS provides financial assistance to purchase a motor vehicle and driving modifications or devices for that vehicle.

The VAS also provides a running and maintenance allowance which may be used towards the cost of registering and insuring the vehicle. Veterans participating in the VAS will receive the running and maintenance allowance which is paid annually as a lump sum.

Who is eligible to apply for assistance under the VAS?

A veteran incapacitated by a war-caused, or defence-caused, injury or disease, as follows:

  • both legs amputated above the knee; or
  • one leg amputated above the knee and the other leg amputated at or above the ankle and one arm amputated at or above the wrist; or
  • one leg amputated above the knee and both arms amputated at or above the wrists; or
  • complete paraplegia, to the extent that the person has insufficient power to stand or walk (even with the assistance of surgical or other aids); or
  • a condition accepted by the Repatriation Commission as being of similar effect and severity to the first three conditions described above.

For VAS purposes, a leg that is wholly or permanently useless above the knee is treated as an amputation above the knee.

*Note: - If your need for vehicle assistance relates to service prior to 1 July 2004 that is covered by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA), you should refer to DVA Factsheet MCS13.

*Note: - If your need for vehicle assistance relates to service after 1 July 2004 that is covered by the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA), you should refer to DVA Factsheet MRC10.

What if the veteran cannot drive?

It is not necessary for the eligible veteran to be able to drive the car in order to qualify for assistance under the VAS. If the veteran has a partner or carer who holds a valid driver’s licence and is willing and able to drive the car, assistance to purchase a vehicle may still be considered. However, the veteran must be capable of being easily transported in the car on a regular basis by the partner or carer.

How do I apply for assistance under the VAS?

To apply for assistance please fill out DVA Form D3001 and return to DVA.

For entitled veterans with less severe war or defence caused disabilities, car modifications may be available under the Rehabilitation Appliances Program. For further information about assistance through the Rehabilitation Appliances Program, please contact DVA.

More Information

DVA General Enquiries

Metro Phone: 133 254 *  

Regional Phone: 1800 555 254 *

Email: GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au

DVA Website: www.dva.gov.au

Factsheet Website: www.dva.gov.au/factsheets

* Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur additional charges

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this Factsheet is general in nature and does not take into account individual circumstances. You should not make important decisions, such as those that affect your financial or lifestyle position on the basis of information contained in this Factsheet. Where you are required to lodge a written claim for a benefit, you must take full responsibility for your decisions prior to the written claim being determined. You should seek confirmation in writing of any oral advice you receive from DVA.

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12 October 2017