Disability pension is paid to compensate veterans for injuries
or diseases caused or aggravated by war service or certain
defence service on behalf of Australia.
There are four “categories” of disability pension payable:
- General Rate in multiples of 10% up to 100%.
- Extreme Disablement Adjustment (for over 65 years of age
- Intermediate Rate, and
- Special Rate (T&PI), (T&TI)
To be eligible for payment of a Disability Pension you must
have qualifying eligible war, defence
or peacekeeping service.
The amount of disability pension depends on the level of
incapacity you suffer as a result of your war-caused or
defence-caused injuries and diseases. Generally speaking the more
incapacitated you are, the higher the amount of pension you will
Specific Disability Adjustment is an extra amount
paid to a disability pensioner where the person has an accepted
disability of blindness, certain amputations of limbs, or a
combination of these conditions.
Before being assessed for payment of EDA, Intermediate rate,
T&PI or T&TI your disability pension of the General Rate
must be 70% or more.
When making a claim for a disability pension the injury or
disease that you are claiming is assessed against a Statement of
Principle, (SoP), issued by the Repatriation Medical Authority, (RMA).
The SoP lays down the factors that must be met for your
injury or disease to be accepted as war or defence-caused. For
more information on the RMA go DVA fact sheet DP21
and on SoP’s DVA fact sheet DP22
at DVA Internet address www.dva.gov.au
We strongly recommend that if you are going to make a
disability claim or an increase in disability claim you consult
an ex-service organisation, (that you have confidence in), who
have pension officers that have competed the Training
Information Program, (TIP).
These pension officers will assist you in filling out the
necessary forms to make a claim or for an increase and will
assist you in preparing your claim to the Department of Veteran
The Vietnam Veterans Association provides assistance to all
veterans or their dependants in making a claim or increase for a
disability pension, the VVAA web site is www.vvaa.org.au
If your claim or part of your claim is refused your ex-service
organisation will advise you on what steps you can take to appeal
the decision. In there determination the DVA will also advise you
on what steps are open to you and who, and in what time frame you
have, to appeal the decision.
If you believe that you have a claim and you believe you have
eligible service but are unsure or feel intimidated in dealing
with government departments make contact with an ex-service
organisation that you have confidence in. They will help you. If
you served your country in time of conflict or rendered eligible
defence service and you believe that due to that service you are
suffering from an injury or disease that is attributed to or
aggravated by that service, then make a claim. If not for
yourself, then for your wife or dependants.
Information on the General Rate of Pension can be obtained
from your local DVA office or visit their web site www.dva.gov.au and go to fact
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia can assist any
veteran of any conflict by providing advice and
assistance in regard to all pensions matters. Simply
contact your nearest sub-branch.