For
Veterans

Keep up-to-date with important Veterans support, news and events including disability and compensation entitlements and various legislation and regulations.

SUPPORT FOR VETERANS 

Veterans disability and compensation entitlements are covered under various legislation and regulations.

These are reviewed frequently by Government, mainly resulting from bureaucratic initiatives. On occasions, changes are made based on Ex-service organisations’ and veterans’ initiatives, but only after intense pressure from these groups or their local member. These reviews and other DVA reports, will be published as they are released.

We will also publish contentious issues where veterans and ex-service members entitlements and benefits are threatened by poorly considered government decisions – as displayed below.

On 1 May 2018, DVA commenced two new measures designed to benefit veterans and their families. These measures were announced last year and have been mentioned during a recent meeting of the Ex-Service Organisation Round Table. 

View support packages:

 

Veteran Payment

As part of DVA’s commitment to improving access to services for veterans and their families, the new Veteran Payment is now available to eligible individuals and their partners. This payment provides interim financial support to veterans who cannot work or support themselves while they await liability decisions on claims for mental health conditions under either the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) or the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA).

Extended Family Support Package

The Family Support Package is designed to extend family support under the MRCA for veterans and their families. There are two distinct groups that will benefit from this initiative: eligible veterans and their families, and eligible spouse or partner of deceased veterans. This initiative will provide guidance and financial support to alleviate pressures when needed the most. The time-limited support available include expanded childcare funding, additional counselling services and eligible widow(er)s will be entitled to home help.

View the DVA Fact Sheets relating to these packages.

VETERANS’ INFORMATION

ESO Response To Minister DVA - SEP 17
Open Arms

Open Arms was founded by Vietnam Veterans.  It is a Department of Veterans’ Affairs support service that operates 24/7 providing assistance to current and former serving ADF members and their families.

COVID-19 has added another level of stress to our daily lives, so it is understandable calls to Open Arms have increased over the last few months.  No one should feel alone in their attempt to cope with stress, relationship issues, grief, depression and loneliness, anxiety, trauma and PTSD. 

Call Open Arms 24 hr hotline at 1800 011 046.  Go to https://www.openarms.gov.au/who-we-help
for details on the range of support services offered by this wonderful organisation.

Repatriation Health Cards
Finance And Banking Royal Commission
Unfair Level Of Compensation - TPI/SR Veterans

VETERAN  ARTICLES

By Vice President Advocacy And Entitlements (VPAE), Richard Kelloway

Extension Of Care & Support Programs - June 2017
Progress In The Veterans Centred Reform - September 2017
Younger Veterans and Senate Report on Veterans' Suicide - November 2017
Organisational Behaviour And Culture Change - Younger Veterans - March 2018
Recommendations From Senate Enquiry Into Veterans Suicides - April 2018
Delivery Of Advocacy Services - August 2018
Submision To Productivity Commission - Veterans Advocacy And Support - November 2018
ADSO Response To The Productivity Commission Report - February 2019

HISTORIC EVENTS

Contains articles of historical interest on the Australian Flying Corps, Air Force, and Air Force Association.