Annual increases to travel allowances
Please be aware that travel allowances for transport, meals and accommodation under DVA’s Travel for Treatment Program will increase on 1 July 2023 in line with the Consumer Price Index.
How is the increase applied?
The increase applies to travel by private vehicle as well as accommodation and meal allowances for all eligible veterans, war widows and widowers (entitled persons) travelling for treatment purposes or disability and income support claims.
The increase also applies to the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006 and the Treatment Benefits (Special Access) Act 2019.
What is the Transport for Treatment Program?
The intention of the program is to assist with travelling expenses to the closest practical provider for an entitled person and their medically required attendant, not necessarily to reimburse the entire cost incurred. For further information on closest practical provider requirements and attendant travel, please visit the DVA website.
The Travel for Treatment Program is available to holders of:
- Veteran Gold Cards and Veteran White Cards (for specific conditions) eligible under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) who are entitled to assistance towards travelling expenses when travelling to receive treatment for an accepted service-related condition or for treatment of a specific condition covered under Non-liability Health Care (NLHC).
- Veteran Gold Cards under the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests and British Commonwealth Occupation Force (Treatment) Act 2006 and the Treatment Benefits (Special Access) Act 2019 who are entitled to assistance towards travelling expenses when attending approved treatment.
Where can I find more information?
For any queries about travel for treatment allowances, contact DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372). Further information is also available on DVA’s website.
What are the new travel allowances?
|Type of allowance
|New allowance from 1 July 2023
|Travel with a medically required attendant †
|Public, community or air transport
|Commercial accommodation non-capital city – single*
|Commercial accommodation capital city – single*
|Entitled person and medically required attendant – commercial accommodation – shared*
|Subsidised accommodation – single*
|Meal allowance – more than 50 km but less than 200 km from entitled person’s home to the treatment location
|Meal allowance – more than 200 km from entitled person’s home to the treatment location
* A meal allowance is not paid on a day where an accommodation allowance is paid, as a meal component is already built into the accommodation allowance.
† This column refers to the number of times an allowance is paid when an entitled person travels with a medically required attendant. For instance, if an entitled person shares a room with an attendant, only the allowance for one room is paid (x1). If they each have a single room, the allowance for both rooms is paid (x2).