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4.1.3 General Rate Eligibility
What is the General Rate of disability pension?
The General Rate is the scale of compensation that takes into account both the medical impairment and life style effects of a disability to arrive at a degree of incapacity. The greater the incapacity suffered by the person, the more pension they will receive. The pension is paid in 10 percent multiples up to 100 percent. The degree of incapacity is determined in accordance with the Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans' Pension (GARP). The General Rate does not have regard to whether or not a veteran is employed.
Eligibility criteria for the General Rate of disability pension
To be eligible for the General Rate of disability pension, a person must have:
- an injury or disease, or both, determined as war-caused or defence-caused; and
- all such injuries or diseases assessed and a pension rate determined according to the GARP.
According to subsection 5D(2), incapacity from a war or defence-caused disease or injury is a reference to the effects of that injury or disease, and not a reference to the injury or disease itself.
Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans' Pensions.
According to subsection 5D(1), an injury means any physical or mental injury (including the recurrence of a physical or mental injury) but does not include:
- a disease, or
- the aggravation of a physical or mental injury.
According to subsection 5D(1), disease means:
- any physical or mental ailment, disorder, defect or morbid condition (whether of sudden onset or gradual development), or
- the recurrence of such an ailment, disorder, defect or morbid condition,
but does not include:
- the aggravation of such an ailment, disorder, defect or morbid condition, or
- a temporary departure from:
the normal physiological state, or
the accepted ranges of physiological or biochemical measures,
that results from normal physiological stress (for example, the effect of exercise on blood pressure) or the temporary effect of extraneous agents (for example, alcohol on blood cholesterol levels).