Accessing rehabilitation services in DVA

The rehabilitation services you can access are determined by legislation. The Department of Veterans' Affairs provides rehabilitation services under three Acts:

  • The Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) 
  • The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA)
  • The Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA)

Eligibility

The following table provides an overview of eligibility under the three Acts:
Act Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988  
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
 
  Eligibility Covers war service before 1 July 2004 or peacetime service between 7 December 1972 and 30 June 2004 Covers peacetime and peacekeeping service up to the 30 June 2004 and operational service between 7 April 1994 and 30 June 2004 Covers service from 1 July 2004

Rehabilitation Services

Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986

  • General Rehabilitation Services - such as medical treatment, assistance with domestic activities and independent living,  provision of rehabilitation aids, appliances and home modifications.  
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – through the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme for those veterans with or without an injury or illness who require assistance to improve their employment potential or work situation.

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (MRCA)

  • Medical Rehabilitation – medical and allied health  services which assist in your recovery or improved functioning and which may include the provision of aids or appliances or modifications to the workplace, home or vehicle.

  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation - services which will assist you in the adjustment to your changed circumstances such as counselling, household support, life skills and retraining.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation – services which will assist you to maintain your current employment, to retain you for more appropriate employment to accommodate your illness or injury or return to the workforce.

    More: Which Act applies to me?