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What is the Veterans Supplement
The Veterans Supplement is a regular payment to help with the cost of medicines.Back to top
Who can receive it
You can receive the Veterans Supplement if you do not get an income support payment. Income support payments paid by DVA include:
- Service Pension
- Age Pension
- Income Support Supplement; and
- Veteran Payment
You will also need to be the holder of one of the following:
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How much you can receive
You will get $12.80 each fortnight if you are under 60 and get a Disability Pension at the:
special rate (TPI Totally and Permanently Incapacitated)
Extreme Disablement Adjustment rate (EDA); or
increased rate for specific disabilities. Disability Pension can be paid at an increased rate to veterans with specific disabilities. This includes veterans who have had two limbs amputated and may also be blind in one eye.
In all other cases, you will get $6.40 each fortnight.Back to top
How you claim
You do not need to submit a claim for the Veterans Supplement. We will pay it automatically if you are eligible.
If you think you are eligible, contact us.Back to top
What to tell us
If anything changes that could affect your entitlements, you need to let us know within 14 days (or 28 days if you receive the Remote Area Allowance or live overseas).
You need to tell us if you or your partner:
leave Australia or travel overseas; or
have something else change that could affect your entitlements
If you leave Australia permanently, your Veterans Supplement will stop straight away.
If you travel overseas temporarily, your Veterans Supplement will stop once you have been outside Australia for 26 weeks.
If we automatically send you a Veteran White Card for mental health treatment when you leave the Australian Defence Force (ADF), you will only become eligible for the Veterans Supplement once you start using the Veteran White Card for treatment.
What other help is available
- Extra funding for your home care package provider
Paid to your Home Care Package provider if you receive care in your own home and have a service-related mental health condition.
- The Veterans Supplement in Residential Care
Paid to your aged care facility if you live in aged care and have a service-related mental health condition.
- Concessional medicines under RPBS
Provides a wide range of medicines and wound dressings at a concessional rate.
- Reducing medicine costs under the Safety Net Scheme
We may be able to reimburse your out-of-pocket costs for medicines over a year.
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