Supporting veterans’ children

Students and their families will soon be turning towards preparing for the next school year. So it is timely to remind families of the DVA support available for children of current and former Australian Defence Force personnel who have either died or been severely wounded or injured as a result of their service.

12 December 2019

The Veterans’ Children Education Scheme and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (also known as the Education Schemes) support eligible full-time students with their education and career training needs.

The support available may include one or more of the following:

  • education allowance
  • education and career guidance
  • counselling
  • additional tuition to help students with their studies
  • special assistance provided in exceptional circumstances 
  • rent assistance to help with rent or board
  • fares allowances for tertiary students living away from home within Australia

Start-up and Relocation scholarships for tertiary students studying an approved course.

One of the key benefits of the Education Schemes is the flexibility to support eligible students anytime a need arises. In the 2019 school year, around 3,000 students received some form of support through the Schemes.

For more information about the Schemes, including more information on eligibility and how to apply, you can read the Education Schemes Factsheet (MRC47) on the DVA website.

Or you can contact DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372) or email the Education Schemes team at educationschemes [at]