Pensions & lump sums for veterans
To access any of these pensions or lump sum payments, you must have qualifying service—that is:
service before 1 April 1974; or
Other conditions apply for each type of payment. Specific support that can be claimed may depend on the dates of your qualifying service.
Service in Viet Nam or pre-April 1974 (Scheme One)
- Weekly Income Compensation: if you can't work fulltime from injury or illness (needn't be service-related).
- Disablement Pension: for service-related injury or illness
- War Disablement Pension: for service-related injury or illness (entitlement from former Act)
- Terminal Rate (or Lump Sum): for terminal service-related injury or illness—pays (War) Disablement Pension at maximum rate.
Service in or after April 1974 (Scheme Two)
Qualifying Operational Service [PDF, 124 KB] on or after 1 April 1974 may qualify for Scheme Two support. (But Viet Nam service comes under Scheme One).
Scheme Two payments (veteran) include income compensation, impairment compensation, and financial advice.
Entitlements in later life
These payments may be accessed on the basis of any qualifying service:
- Veteran's Pension (external link) : if you're a veteran at superannuation age (this superannuation-type payment is administered by MSD, and can include partners)
- Retirement Lump Sum: if you're a veteran at superannuation age, had 10 years' on income compensation and meet the asset threshold. But you must have reached superannuation age on or after 7 December 2014.
- Case management: how our case managers can support your health & social needs
- Standards of service (Code of Rights): what your rights are to standards of service, and what to do if there are problems
- Debt with us: how to manage debt with us.