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Where must Commonwealth and Allied Veterans have Served

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Relevant Conflicts

To have qualifying service, a Veteran of a Commonwealth or Allied Defence Force must have served during the period of hostilities that relates to one of the following conflicts.

Commonwealth and Allied Veterans not recognised after Vietnam

Persons who served in the forces of Commonwealth and Allied Countries after 11 January 1973 are not recognised as veterans under the VEA and are thus not entitled to service pension in respect of service in any conflicts since that date.  The date 11 January 1973 is the end of the period of hostilities that relates to the Vietnam war.     


A period of hostilities is defined in section 5B(1) of the VEA to mean:

  • World War 1 from its commencement on 4 August 1914 to 11 November 1918 (both included); or
  • World War 2 from its commencement on 3 September 1939 to 29 October 1945 (both included); or
  • the period of hostilities in respect of Korea from 27 June 1950 to 19 April 1956 (both included); or
  • the period of hostilities in respect of Malaya from 29 June 1950 to 31 August 1957 (both included); or
  • the period of hostilities in respect of war-like operations in operational areas from 31 July 1962 to 11 January 1973 (both included).