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Pension Age for Female Veterans and Qualifying Age for Females


Last amended: 1 July 2008

Application of female veteran pension age

Female veteran pension age applies to females with qualifying service in relation to:

Note: Age service pension is a taxable payment. By virtue of the eligibility criteria for the payment, age service pension is taxable from veteran pension age even though this is not explicit in the tax legislation.

Application of female qualifying age

Female qualifying age applies to:

Age equalisation for female veterans and female qualifying age



Pension Age for veterans

Section 5QA VEA

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The following table provides a guide to age equalisation for female veteran pension age and female qualifying age.

For females born between

Pension/qualifying age is

1 July 1940 and 31 December 1941

55 years and 6 months

1 January 1942 and 30 June 1943

56 years

1 July 1943 and 31 December 1944

56 years and 6 months

1 January 1945 and 30 June 1946

57 years

1 July 1946 and 31 December 1947

57 years and 6 months

1 January 1948 and 30 June 1949

58 years

1 July 1949 and 31 December 1950

58 years and 6 months

1 January 1951 and 30 June 1952

59 years

1 July 1952 and 31 December 1953

59 years and 6 months

Pension age is 55 years for females born on and before 30 June 1940 and is 60 years for females born on and after 1 January 1954.

Qualifying service is one of the criteria used to determine eligibility for certain benefits under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986. Refer to section 7A of the VEA for the full defintion.



In order to bring pension age for women in line with that required of men, age equalisation was introduced on 1/7/95. This will increase pension age in six monthly increments every two years for a period of 20 years. Refer to the age equalisation tables in section 5QA of the VEA and section 5QB of the VEA.