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North East Thailand.

Personnel who served in North East Thailand at any time between 31 May 1962 to 24 June 1965 (both dates included) have operational service.     

Namibia - United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG)

Australian defence force members who served in Namibia between 18 February 1989 and 10 April 1990 (both dates included) have operational service. Members of UNTAG who were members of a force allotted for duty in Namibia have qualifying service.

Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)

Australian defence force members who were allotted for duty and served in the operational areas for the Persian Gulf War have both qualifying and operational service.     

Cambodia (1991-1993)

Australian defence force members who were allotted for duty and served in the operational areas for Cambodia have both qualifying and operational service.

Australians allotted for duty may have been with:

  • United Nations Advanced Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC), or
  • United Nations Transition Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC).
The former Yugoslavia (1992 - 1997)

Australian defence force members who were allotted for duty with Australian contingents of the United Nations forces and served in the area comprising the former Yugoslavia have both qualifying and operational service.

Somalia (1992-1994)

Australian defence force members who were allotted for duty and served with the Australian contingents of the United Nations forces in Somalia have both qualifying and operational service.

East Timor (1999 ongoing)

Australian personnel, including official war artists, who served as part of a defence (ADF) or police (AFP) operation since 19 June 1999, have been covered for disability pension. In addition, defence personnel who served in East Timor after 19 September 1999 as part of an operation, which has been declared as warlike service by signed Instrument, are also eligible for a service pension. ADF personnel must be allotted to and serve in East Timor, not simply be allotted to an operation because they may have served only in Darwin or Townsville.


The Australian Defence Force includes:

  • Australian Army
  • Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
  • Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

For the purposes of determining a person's eligibility for entitlements under the VEA, being allotted for duty in an operational area (schedule 2 VEA refers) is a reference to a person or unit of the Defence Force, that is allotted for duty by written instrument issued by the:

  • Defence Force,
  • Vice Chief of the Defence Force, or
  • Minister for Defence (deemed allotted subsection 5R(1) refers) Allotment may be retrospective or prospective.

For the purposes of determining a person's eligibility for entitlements under the VEA, being allotted for duty in an operational area (schedule 2 VEA refers) is a reference to a person or unit of the Defence Force, that is allotted for duty by written instrument issued by the:

  • Defence Force,
  • Vice Chief of the Defence Force, or
  • Minister for Defence (deemed allotted subsection 5R(1) refers) Allotment may be retrospective or prospective.

The Australian Defence Force includes:

  • Australian Army
  • Royal Australian Navy (RAN)
  • Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)

Disability pension, for the purposes of service pension and income support supplement, means:

  • a pension paid for incapacity from war caused conditions, or peacetime, peacekeeping or hazardous service caused conditions (other than a war widow's or orphan's pension); or
  • temporary incapacity allowance; or
  • any other payment in respect of incapacity or death resulting from war or war-like operations in which the Crown has been engaged [usually paid by another Commonwealth country].

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.