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Extension of Veteran Payment in special circumstances

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Following the determination of the final claim for a mental health condition, Veteran Payment can be extended beyond 42 days (6 weeks) in special circumstances.

Special circumstances may include:

  • Claim for incapacity yet to be determined: if incapacity payments are yet to be determined, or there is evidence that they will not be determined in the 42 day period following the determination of the current or former member of the ADF’s liability claim for a mental health condition, then Veteran Payment can be extended.

  • Claim for incapacity has been rejected: if incapacity payments have been rejected, then Veteran Payment can be extended to assist the current or former member of the ADF to transition to another Australian Government income support payment or return to work.

  • Claim for a mental health condition has been rejected: if the claim for a mental health condition has been rejected and there are no more outstanding claims for a mental health condition, then Veteran Payment can be extended to assist the current or former member of the ADF to transition to another Australian Government income support payment or return to work.

  • Claim for a mental health condition has been rejected, and the current or former member of the ADF is appealing this decision: Veteran Payment will continue for the time of the appeal process and for a further 42 days following the date of determination of the appeal.

     

This is not an exhaustive list of special circumstances.  For further information please contact the Eligibility and Payments Policy Branch