Cover for cancer and tuberculosis care

Last updated: 
19 December 2019

When DVA clients have cancer or tuberculosis, we may cover the cost of their care.

Check whether we will cover costs

We may cover a client's treatment costs when their doctor says they have 1 of the following diseases:

  • cancer (malignant neoplasm)
  • pulmonary tuberculosis

To qualify, they must have done 1 of the following:

  • served in Australian forces during the Second World War
  • performed operational service (including warlike and non-warlike service)
  • performed peacekeeping, hazardous or British Nuclear Test defence service as defined in the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
  • completed continuous full-time service (CFTS) for an unbroken 3 years between 7 December 1972 and 6 April 1994
  • been engaged to perform CFTS for 3 years between 7 December 1972 and 6 April 1994 but then discharged (due to physical or mental incapacity)
  • been a National Serviceman on 6 December 1972 and finished their period of service on or after 7 December 1972

What proof a client needs

Our clients do not have to prove that military service caused their cancer (malignant neoplasm) or pulmonary tuberculosis.

This is because we cover both diseases under our Non-Liability Health Care program.

However, they will need to show us proof of their diagnosis.

They can apply by filling in 1 of the following:

Their doctor or medical specialist must:

  • confirm the diagnosis
  • sign the application form

They may also need to prove their identity to us.

If we decide to cover a client

If we agree to cover a client, we will give them a Veteran White Card that says they can receive cancer or tuberculosis treatment.

If they already have a Veteran White Card, we will add cancer or tuberculosis treatment to it.

They can then seek treatment for their cancer or tuberculosis anywhere in Australia, but not overseas.

Contact us

Call: 1800 555 254

Email: nlhc [at] dva.gov.au