Additional disability pension for specific disabilities

Last updated: 
17 January 2020

This page briefly explains the additional disability pension payable in respect of specific disabilities. Section 27 of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) provides amounts of compensation for veterans who have certain kinds of war-caused incapacity, generally amputations and/or blindness.

What are the disabilities for which the additional pension is paid?

Additional disability pension is paid to veterans who receive disability pension at less than the special rate and have one of the following disabilities accepted as service related:

No. Disability
1 Two arms amputated
2 Two legs and one arm amputated
3 Two legs amputated above the knee
4 Two legs amputated and blinded in one eye
5 One arm and one leg amputated and blinded in one eye
6 One leg and one arm amputated
7 One leg amputated above, and one leg amputated below the knee
8 Two legs amputated below the knee
9 One arm amputated and blinded in one eye
10 One leg amputated and blinded in one eye
11 One leg amputated above the knee
12 One leg amputated below the knee
13 One arm amputated above the elbow
14 One arm amputated below the elbow
15 Blinded in one eye

For determining eligibility for these additional amounts:

  • amputation of an arm below the elbow is deemed to be amputation above the elbow if the elbow action is lost;
  • amputation of a leg below the knee is deemed to be amputation above the knee if the knee action is lost;
  • amputation of a foot is treated as amputation of a leg below the knee;
  • amputation of a hand is treated as amputation of an arm below the elbow; and
  • a leg, foot, hand or arm that has been rendered permanently and wholly useless is treated as having been amputated.

How much additional disability pension is payable?

The additional disability pension for specific disabilities will increase the amount of a veteran’s disability pension by a set amount, depending on the nature of the disability. However, a person's total compensation will never exceed the special rate of disability pension.

The rates of maximum additional disability pension payable are set out in Disability Pension and War Widow(er)’s Pension Rates and Allowances.

How do I apply for the additional disability pension?

Normally an additional disability pension is granted when the relevant amputation and/or blindness is accepted as being war or defence-caused. If you believe you are entitled to this additional pension and you are not already receiving it, you should contact your nearest DVA office.