Rates for the Disability Pension and War Widow(er)’s Pension

Last updated: 
22 June 2020

This page provides a brief description and the current rates under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) of disability and war widow(er)’s pensions and allowances that you may be eligible for from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

The rates quoted are fortnightly amounts unless otherwise indicated. This information is current from 1 July 2020 to 19 September 2020.

For information about current rates of compensation benefits that may be payable under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA), see Compensation payment rates for MRCA.

For information about current rates of compensation benefits that may be payable under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) and the Defence Act 1903, see Compensation payment rates for DRCA and the Defence Act.

Payable date

A disability pension and war widow(er)’s pension is generally payable from three months before the date on which the claim for that pension was received at a DVA office.

Disability pension rates

Disability pensions are paid at various rates: the special rate (and temporary special rate), intermediate rate, extreme disablement adjustment and the general rate.

Rate Amount
Disability Pension rates
Special rate and temporary special rate $1,451.80
Intermediate rate $985.80
Extreme disablement adjustment (EDA) $802.30
General rate 100% $516.20
90% $465.35
80% $414.50
70% $363.65
60% $312.80
50% $261.95
40% $211.10
30% $160.25
20% $109.40
10% $58.55

*Note - These rates include Energy Supplement.

For further information, see:

Additional disability pension for specific disabilities

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. Note that the total of disability pension and the additional pension cannot exceed the amount of the special rate pension.

Additional disability pension for specific disabilities
No. Disability Amount
1 Two arms amputated $700.70
2 Two legs and one arm amputated $700.70
3 Two legs amputated above the knee $700.70
4 Two legs amputated and blinded in one eye $700.70
5 One arm and one leg amputated and blinded in one eye $700.70
6 One arm and one leg amputated $700.70
7 One leg amputated above, and one leg amputated below the knee $231.20
8 Two legs amputated below the knee $156.20
9 One arm amputated and blinded in one eye $133.80
10 One leg amputated and blinded in one eye $133.80
11 One leg amputated above the knee $67.00
12 One leg amputated below the knee $34.70
13 One arm amputated above the elbow $67.00
14 One arm amputated below the elbow $34.70
15 Blinded in one eye $51.70

For further information, see Additional disability pension for specific disabilities.

War widow(er)’s pension

War widow(er)’s pension may be paid to a widow or widower of an eligible veteran.

War widow(er)’s pension - $960.40

*Note: - This rate includes Energy Supplement.

For further information, see Pension for orphans and war widowed partners.

Orphan’s pension

The dependent child of a deceased eligible veteran may be entitled to receive an orphan’s pension.

Single orphan - $105.90

Double orphan - $211.60

For further information, see Pension for orphans and war widowed partners.

Recreation transport allowance

Recreation transport allowance may be paid to an eligible veteran to assist with the costs of transport for recreation purposes. The amount of the allowance payable depends on the extent of the impact of the veteran’s war-caused or defence-caused incapacity on their mobility.

High rate - $92.70

Low rate - $46.00

For further information, see Recreation transport allowance.

Vehicle Assistance Scheme

The Vehicle Assistance Scheme may assist an eligible veteran to purchase and modify a motor vehicle. The assistance may be provided where a veteran has certain service or war caused amputations, complete paraplegia or a condition similar in effect or severity to certain amputations. A running and maintenance allowance is also payable to assist with the costs of vehicle registration, insurance and other incidental costs.

Maintenance and running costs - $2,410.20 (per year)

For further information, see Vehicle Assistance Scheme.

Loss of earnings allowance

Loss of earnings (LOE) allowance may be paid when:

  • a veteran loses salary, wages or earnings because the veteran is being treated for a war-caused or defence-caused injury or disease
  • a veteran has to attend appointments in relation to a claim for disability pension
  • another person loses salary, wages or earnings because they are helping a veteran to pursue a claim for disability pension.

As a general rule, the amount of LOE allowance paid is the lesser of:

  • the difference between the Special Rate and the veteran’s present disability pension, or
  • the amount of salary, wages or earnings actually lost (including loadings or other allowances that would have been payable).

LOE payments can be affected if you have received permanent impairment compensation under the DRCA.

For further information, see Loss of earnings allowance.

Attendant allowance

Attendant allowance may be paid to a veteran who has certain war-caused or defence-caused injuries or diseases causing loss of function (such as blindness in both eyes, loss of speech and loss of limbs) and requires the assistance of an attendant to perform basic functions. The allowance is payable at two levels, according to the type of injury or disease.

High rate - $346.50

Low rate - $173.00

For further information, see Attendant allowance.

Clothing allowance

Clothing allowance may be paid to a veteran who has a war-caused or defence-caused injury or disease which causes exceptional wear and tear or damage to clothing. Damage to clothing may be due to factors such as staining from medications or abrasions from aids and appliances. The rate of clothing allowance depends on the extent of the veteran’s injury or disease.

High rate - $14.50

Mid rate - $9.90

Low rate - $6.70

For further information, see Clothing allowance.

Decoration allowance

Decoration allowance is paid automatically to disability pensioners who were awarded certain decorations for gallantry.

Decoration allowance - $2.10

For further information, see Decoration allowance.

Victoria Cross allowance

Victoria Cross allowance is paid to those veterans who have been awarded this decoration.

Victoria Cross allowance - $4,614.00 (per year)

For further information, see Victoria Cross allowance.

Veterans’ Children Education Scheme (VCES)

The VCES provides financial assistance and student support services to the dependent children of veterans who have died as a result of war-caused injury or disease, or of veterans who have a war-caused injury or disease which has left them severely incapacitated.

Primary Students (per year) $280.40
Secondary and tertiary students (per fortnight)
Age At Home Living away from home Homeless
Under 16 $58.10 $394.20 $469.50
16 - 17 $257.10 $469.50 $469.50
18 & over $309.20 $469.50 $469.50
Secondary and tertiary double orphans (per fortnight) Applies to VCES Students only.
Age Amount
Under 16 $261.00
16 - 20 $469.50
21 & over $570.50

*Note: These rates include Energy Supplement

For further information, see Education Schemes.

Veterans supplement

Veterans supplement may be paid to you if you are not eligible for pension supplement and you:

High Rate - $12.40

Low Rate - $6.20

For more information, see Veterans' Supplement.

Energy Supplement

An Energy Supplement is an ongoing fortnightly payment paid with compensation and income support payments. The rate varies according to the payment type. For more information, see Energy Supplement.

Funeral benefits

A funeral benefit is a one-off payment towards funeral expenses of certain veterans including recipients of special rate pension or EDA, former prisoners of war, recipients of additional disability pension for specific disabilities, those whose death is accepted as being war or service caused and those who died in needy circumstances. Where eligibility for a funeral benefit arises due to a posthumous grant or increase to the rate of disability pension, the amount payable as a funeral benefit is the rate applicable at the date of death.

Funeral benefit - up to $2,000

For more information, see Veteran injured before 1 July 2004.