Rehabilitation | Compensation and Support Policy Library, Part 3A Veteran Payment

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Section 45SB VEA, Veterans’ Entitlements (Veteran Payment) Instrument 2018.

If a current or former member of the ADF is capable of participating in rehabilitation, it is a condition of payment of Veteran Payment that they participate in a DVA rehabilitation program, or for current members an ADF rehabilitation program.

Partners are not required to participate in a rehabilitation program in order to receive Veteran Payment.

In some instances, a partner may also be a veteran and have primary eligibility for the Veteran Payment, in addition to partner eligibility.  In that situation, both members of the couple must participate in a rehabilitation program, if capable.

 

Referral to Rehabilitation

This program will be arranged by a DVA rehabilitation coordinator for former members on determination of Veteran Payment eligibility.  This will be via the Early Access to Rehabilitation mechanism.

Current serving members and Reservists’ rehabilitation will be via Defence as their rehabilitation authority.

For further information please see: CLIK Rehabilitation Policy Library Part 3.11 Accelerated Access to Rehabilitation Pilot Program.

 

Failure to participate in Rehabilitation

Section 45SB VEA, Veterans’ Entitlements (Veteran Payment) Instrument 2018.

If a current or former members of the ADF (who is capable of participating in the rehabilitation program) chooses not to participate in the rehabilitation program then the Commission has the authority to suspend their and their partner’s payments.  Several attempts must be made to conduct a rehabilitation assessment prior to the suspension of payment.  Due to the vulnerability of these persons, suspension of their Veteran Payment should only be used as a last resort.  Advice from the rehabilitation delegate will need to be taken into consideration when suspending Veteran Payment for non-compliance.

Once the Commission is satisfied that the current or former member of the ADF is participating in the rehabilitation process, their and their partner’s payments will resume.  Payments will also be made for the time the Veteran Payment was suspended.