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A person's age is primarily important in determining whether they are eligible for service pension. Pension age and qualifying age are also used to determine eligibility for other areas of payment and schemes run by DVA.
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.
Currently, the pension age for a veteran is 5 years earlier than pension age for a non-veteran.
Male Pension Age
- If a veteran = 60 years. Veteran pension age is specified in VEA section 5QA.
- If a Non-Veteran = 65 years. Pension age for non-veterans is specified in VEA section 5QB.
Pension age for a female is subject to age equalisation. Pension age for females is being raised by 6 months every two years, so that by 1 January 2014 the eligibility ages for males and females will be the same.
From 1 July 2017, the pension age for both male and female non veterans born on or after 1 July 1952 will progressively increase by 6 months every 2 years, so that by 1 July 2023, pension age for a non veteran will be 67. Veteran pension age will not change so by 1 July 2023 pension age for a veteran will be 7 years earlier than pension age for a non veteran. A table explaining this gradual increase can be found in 3.4.1 Age requirements.