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4.1.4 Extreme Disablement Adjustment Eligibility
What is the Extreme Disablement Adjustment?
The Extreme Disablement Adjustment compensates a person who is extremely disabled and in receipt of the 100 per cent general rate disability pension, but whose accepted disabilities have further degenerated after age 65. The adjustment is a 50 per cent increment to the 100 per cent general rate disability pension. Assessment for Extreme Disablement Adjustment only takes into account the medical impairment and lifestyle effects of a disability. It does not have regard to whether or not a veteran is employed nor any regard to income and assets.
What is the purpose of Extreme Disablement Adjustment?
The Extreme Disablement Adjustment is intended to provide a more substantial level of compensation to veterans who:
- are over 65 years of age and
- are retired, and
- whose degree of incapacity is greater than that required to qualify for the 100 per cent general rate, but
- who do not satisfy the eligibility criteria for the intermediate or special rate pension.
Eligibility criteria for Extreme Disablement Adjustment
A person is eligible for the Extreme Disablement Adjustment if:
- the degree of incapacity from war-caused or defence-caused disabilities is determined to be 100 per cent, or
- he or she has suffered from or is suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and is receiving or entitled to receive a disability pension at 100 per cent general rate, and
- he or she is 65 years old,
- he or she has an [glossary:impairment rating:] of at least 70 points and a [glossary:lifestyle rating:] of at least 6 points under GARP, and
- he or she is not receiving an intermediate or special rate disability pension.
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.