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1.2.1 Qualifying Service

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For a claimant to be eligible for a service pension (and associated benefits) they must have qualifying service. Qualifying service requires that the veteran incurred danger from hostile forces of the enemy[glossary:.:]

A person may also be recognised as having qualifying service if their service is of a kind determined by the Minister for Defence to be warlike service.

This section contains information about what constitutes qualifying service for claimants and describes the concept of incurred danger.  It also covers the requirements for service to be recognised as warlike service.


A service pension is an income support payment broadly equivalent to the social security age and disability support pensions. It may be paid once a veteran or partner has reached the nominated age or is incapacitated for work.

“enemy means

  • in relation to World War I or World War II - the naval, military or air forces, or any part of the naval, military or airforces, of a State at war with the Crown during that war; and
  • in relation to service in, or a period of hostilities in respect of, an operational area - the naval, military or air forces against which the Naval, Military or Air Forces of the Commonwealth were engaged in that operational area; and
  • persons assisting any of those forces.”