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Payments to Agents

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Last amended: Why appoint an agent?

The Commission may appoint a person to be an agent and receive payments on behalf of a pensioner if requested to do so by the pensioner.    

Obligations of an agent

    

An agent must either:

  • pay the pension or allowance to the pensioner, or
  • manage the pension or allowance in accordance with the pensioner's wishes.

Both the pensioner and the agent are legally obliged to notify DVA of changes in the pensioner's circumstances. A pensioner's obligations under sections 54, 54A, 54AA and 127 apply to their agent. Obligations do not apply to the agent where agency arrangements exist with a group payee.

Obligations of a pensioner

    

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Agents – obligation remains with pensioner

Section 58D(3) VEA

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Although a pension may be paid to an agent, the payment is taken to be a payment to the pensioner.  Any obligations imposed under the VEA on a pensioner to notify the Department of an event or change of circumstances apply to both the pensioner and the agent.    

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Recipient Obligations

Chapter 12.1

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Pension payments

Where agency arrangements are established, the whole of the pensioner's payments will be paid to the agent. The payments may be made to:


According to Section 179 of the VEA, the Commission is a body corporate under the name of Repatriation Commission.

 

 

According to section 58D of the VEA, an agent is a person who has been nominated by a pensioner and approved by the Commission to receive pension instalments on behalf of the pensioner. The agent must:

  • pay the pension or allowance to the pensioner; or
  • manage the pension or allowance in accordance with the pensioner's wishes.