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Qualifying Service Claims

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Last amended: 05 October 2007

Who can make a claim for a qualifying service determination?

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A claim for a qualifying service determination may be made by:    

  • a veteran,
  • a person applying for a partner service pension to establish whether their partner has qualifying service,
  • another person on behalf and with the approval of the veteran or partner of a veteran, or
  • another person approved by the Commission, if the veteran is unable because of a physical or mental incapacity.

A proper claim must be lodged before a decision can be made regarding qualifying service.

Proof of identity

In order to identify a claimant and/or the relationship of the claimant to the veteran, a proof of identity check must be made on all new claims.    

Reasons for claiming qualifying service

There are several reasons for a person to make a claim for qualifying service, prior to claiming service pension. These reasons include:

  • testing eligibility (e.g. planning for retirement),
  •  widows on age pension at Centrelink applying for transfer to partner service pension,
  • partner on age pension at Centrelink applying for transfer to partner service pension, where the veteran is not in receipt of service pension, or
  • as part of the eligibility criteria for one the following benefits:
  •  Gold Card,
  •  Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC), or
  •  Exemption of disability pension for aged care income testing purposes
Effect on subsequent claims for pension or benefit

If the Commission determines that a person has qualifying service, any subsequent claims for pension or benefit made by that person would not require re-investigation of their qualifying service.    

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