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Registration Issues - DVA and Centrelink

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Dual Registration DVA and Centrelink

A member of the pension bonus scheme can be concurrently registered with DVA and Centrelink. However, they can only claim a bonus and pension from either DVA or Centrelink.

Transfer of registration between Centrelink and DVA

A member of the pension bonus scheme with Centrelink may, if eligible, transfer their registration to DVA. DVA rules would then apply. The Centrelink evidentiary certificates would be accepted as proof of work completed. A DVA member may also transfer their registration from DVA to Centrelink. Centrelink rules would then apply. It is important to note that veterans would be subject to a later eligible age under Centrelink rules. A veteran who transferred to Centrelink would also be eligible to accrue bonus periods up to the age of 75.

Example of transfer between DVA and Centrelink

A veteran registers with DVA at the age 60, defers pension and passes the work test. At age 65, he decides to register with Centrelink when he reaches eligible age under the rules of the Centrelink scheme. In this example, he would not be able to transfer any of the years already accrued at DVA, because they were accrued before he was eligible at Centrelink. He would, however, be able to accrue bonus periods until he turns 75.


Centrelink is a Government service delivery agency responsible for delivering a range of Commonwealth Government services (including social security pensions and allowances) to the Australian community through a network of more than 400 Centrelink offices.