Finding out if you have Pension Entitlements and how
to go about Claiming them.
This page contains general information on pension
entitlements. To find out if you have any entitlements you should
contact your representative/pension officer at VVA, Naval Association,
RSL Sub Branch or any other ex services organisation. Note this is
a free service to veterans provided at no expense to the veteran
by volunteers, you should not have to pay for these services.
|Steps to take before seeing your pension
1. Write to Navy Records, Department of Defence (Queanbeyan
Annex) Canberra ACT 2600 and request your medical records be forwarded to
you. It could take approx. 8 weeks for you to receive them.
|2. When the medical documents arrive check through to see
if you contracted any diseases or incurred any injuries whilst in service.
Remember if you incurred an injury whilst travelling to work or home it is
|3. Go to DVA website www.dva.gov.au
and have a look at the index for injury and diseases there are heaps. Then
look at the balance of probabilities to see if you meet the criteria.
|4. The next step is to organise a meeting with an Advocate
(preferably ex Pussers) and complete DVA pension claim forms for
assessment by DVA. DVA takes all information into consideration and may
well ask you to attend a specialist appointment for which they pay.
|Remember that pension increments commence at 10% and go up
to 100%. Pension payments are not taxable. So the amount you can receive
ranges from $30 up to around $300 a fortnight for 100%. In addition there
are a great deal of health benefits which can be claimed.