Support for families (Scheme Two)
We may be able to offer support for family of a veteran who:
- performed qualifying Operational Service [PDF, 230 KB] after 31 March 1974 (outside Viet Nam); and
- is disabled or lost their life because of that service.
If the veteran lost their life from their service, surviving family may claim one-off payments.
Child Care Payments
If the veteran lost their life from their service, surviving children may be able to claim support payments. These are paid for 5 years to children under 14. Special rules may apply if a child turns 14, but:
- hasn’t had the full 5 years of payment; or
- needs support because of a physical or mental condition.
Weekly Compensation (Family) may be paid to the spouse or partner, children and dependants, where the veteran's death is linked to qualifying service. It replaces lost earnings from the veteran, so payment is based on a percentage of an earnings-related figure. That figure is either:
- the veteran’s earnings; or
- 80% of the average wage (if the veteran was earning less than this).
We’ll pay up to $1,500 towards advice from an authorised financial adviser if:
- you’re the veteran’s surviving spouse or partner; and
- you’re awarded Weekly Compensation of at least $15,000, as one lump sum.
As the veteran's spouse or partner you may be able to access training and support back to work, if the veteran:
- can’t work because of a service-related condition; or
- lost their life because of qualifying operational service.
It may be accessed, based on an occupational assessment, for up to 3 years (don’t have to be consecutive).
We may need evidence of your:
- relationship to the veteran; and
- earnings (to show you relied on the veteran financially, if you’re applying as a dependant).
- Application form (Survivor's Grant & Weekly Compensation for Family) [PDF, 345 KB]
- Application form (Child Care Payments) [PDF, 288 KB]
- Funeral expenses: help with funeral costs (veteran)
- Cemeteries: interment in a service cemetery (veteran or spouse)
- Memorials: service memorial, or help with cost of a memorial (veteran or spouse)