Section 31 Review
The Veterans Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA) provides for
review and appeal procedures for veterans, eligible Defence
personnel and widow/ers who wish to appeal against decisions
For matters that fall into these categories, Section 31
of the VEA allows the Repatriation
Commission to intervene at its discretion to vary
initial decision where there are grounds for doing so.
This is a relatively quick and informal review process. A
review under Section 31 can be requested verbally but a
written application is strongly recommended.
There are further appeal options that a veteran can
undertake under the VEA as well as a Section 31
review. We strongly recommend that if you are going to
make an appeal under Section 31 you should consult an
ex-service organisation, (that you have confidence in), who
have pension officers that have competed the Training Information Program, (TIP).
For further information on appeals under Section 31,
contact your nearest DVA office or visit their web site at www.dva.gov.au and look up
fact sheet DP
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia can assist any
veteran of any conflict, their widow/er's and
children by providing advice and assistance in regard to all
pensions matters. Simply contact your