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Myth Busters: Is it too late to submit a claim for an old injury?

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Many veterans with service-related injuries sustained years ago believe they are not entitled to submit claims as they assume it is too late.

This is not the case. There is no time limit on the lodgment of claims with DVA to have your injury or illness accepted as related to your service. It is, however, to your advantage to claim as soon as you become aware of the injury or illness as supporting information is more likely to be readily available, allowing claims to be determined more quickly and efficiently.

Claims can be lodged online.

DVA can also provide treatment for certain medical conditions to eligible veterans and ADF members regardless of whether or not the condition is related to their service.

Subject to providing a confirmed medical diagnosis in relation to one of the following conditions (and meeting certain ADF service requirements), treatment can be provided by DVA under White Card arrangements for:

  • Malignant Neoplasm (Cancer); and
  • Tuberculosis (TB).

Treatment for mental health conditions is also available for all ADF members with at least one day of continuous full-time service, without the need to provide a formal medical diagnosis. Further information on eligibility is available on the DVA website.

However, if you wish to receive compensation in respect of any of these conditions (in addition to treatment), you will also need to lodge a claim for liability with DVA.

For any queries, contact DVA on 1800 555 254 or, or contact your ex-service organisation, many of which provide advocacy services for more complex claims.

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