Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) information

Last updated: 
24 March 2020

We are working with the rest of the Government to keep you up to date with the latest news and information. We will keep this section updated with new information as it comes in.

You can visit the Department of Health's daily health alert regarding COVID-19.

You can use MyService to update your personal information, submit new claims and track the status of an existing claim. You can do this on your computer and on your phone.

Open Arms is open 24/7 if you need someone to talk to. If you have a counselling session scheduled but are feeling unwell or have concerns about attending it in person, call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 and they will reschedule it for you or discuss options for conducting it via telephone or video conferencing. You can visit the Open Arms website at openarms.gov.au

Latest news

You can read all of the latest news for veterans and the latest news for providers on their dedicated news pages. 

Health news

  • Telehealth and medicine delivery
    The Australian Government has announced temporary arrangements for eligible veterans relating to 'telehealth' services and the ordering of PBS and RPBS prescriptions remotely.
  • COVID-19 and the veteran community
    DVA has a Pandemic Business Continuity Plan in place to ensure that critical support and services remain available to the veteran community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are closely monitoring the Government’s response and health advice and will adapt our planning accordingly.
  • COVID-19 – calming and coping
    By Dr Stephanie Hodson CSC, National Manager, Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling. 
  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
    Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Financial news

If your financial situation has changed, you should update your information as soon as possible. You can update this information by calling us on 1800 555 254.

  • Deeming rate reductions
    Clients who receive income support payments from DVA will soon benefit from changes to the way financial assets are assessed, thanks to changes to deeming rates.
  • DSH Insurance and COVID-19
    During this extraordinary time with COVID-19, DSH Insurance has put in place mechanisms to help protect you and our wider community.
  • Economic Support Payments
    The Australian Government has recently announced two economic stimulus packages.
  • Services at DVA VAN offices
    For the safety of both staff and the veteran community there will be some changes to the provision of face-to-face services at DVA VAN offices.

Commemorations

  • Anzac Day services across Australia
    A televised national commemorative service, closed to the public, will also be held at the Australian War Memorial. The Department is working with states and territories as they finalise their Anzac Day plans. Find out more information on our website. 
  • Marking Anzac Day in 2020
    Anzac Day remains an important day for Australians to remember the fallen. With the cancellation of many Anzac Day services around Australia and overseas it is important that this Anzac Day we still reflect and commemorate the service and sacrifice of the more than 102,000 Australians who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. 
  • Cancellation of Anzac Day 2020 overseas
    Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Australian Government has cancelled overseas Anzac Day ceremonies on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, near Villers-Bretonneux in France, including the Australian service at the ‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt, Hellfire Pass in Thailand and Sandakan in Malaysia.

Providers

Contact us

To update your information or to ask specific questions about your situation, you can contact us. You can also follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

Phone:

You can call us between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Telephone: 1800 555 254

International callers: +61 2 6289 1133