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5.9.1 Overview of DFISA

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Last amended: 18 August 2014

    

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Defence Force Income Support Allowance and related payments

Part VIIAB VEA

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What is DFISA?

The Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) is an income support payment made by DVA under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986. DFISA may be payable to a person whose social security income support payment is reduced or not payable because of adjusted disability pension.

What is DFISA-like payment?

The Defence Force Income Support Allowance–like (DFISA-like) payment is an income support payment made by DVA under regulations made under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986. The DFISA-like payment may be payable to a person whose:    

  • income support payment administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) except for Farm Household Allowance (see below), or
  • living allowance made under ABSTUDY guidelines administered by the Department of Education,

is reduced or not payable because of adjusted disability pension.

Please note that since 2014, the Department of Agriculture's Farm Household Allowance (FHA) paid by DHS does not include Adjusted Disability Pension in the FHA income test and thus there is no DFISA-like payment.    

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Reference Library - Departmental Instruction - Department of Agriculture - Farm Household Allowance

DI/C09/2014

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Who does DFISA affect?

DFISA may be paid to social security income support recipients whose rate of social security payment is impacted by the inclusion of adjusted DP in their assessment. Those payable will include recipients of a social security payment, at nil rate or above, whether paid by Centrelink or DVA.    

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Administration of DFISA

Section 5.9.2

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What determines the DFISA rate?

The DFISA rate is primarily determined by the amount of adjusted disability pension included in the assessment of the social security payment. However, other changes to the social security primary payment assessment rules, such as the income free area for social security benefits and pensions, may also have a flow on effect on the calculated rate of DFISA.

Who does DFISA-like affect?

DFISA-like may be paid to recipients of income support payments administered by DAFF and ABSTUDY living allowance whose rate of payment is impact by the inclusion of adjusted DP in their assessment. DFISA-like payments are calculated and paid in the same manner as DFISA.

Throughout the rest of this chapter, except where specifically excluded, DFISA is taken to also refer to DFISA-like.

Calculating the DFISA rate

DFISA is calculated as a daily entitlement and paid in fortnightly instalments. The DFISA calculation varies if compensation recovery rules apply.    

DFISA bonus

A person is entitled to the DFISA bonus if their social security pension bonus is reduced because of the inclusion of adjusted DP in the calculation of their age pension rate.    

There is no DFISA bonus payable to recipients of DFISA-like payment.

Bereavement payments and DFISA

The bereavement payment provisions of both the Social Security Act 1991 (SSA) and the VEA have been amended to take account of DFISA.    

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Bereavement Payments and DFISA

Section 5.9.5

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There are no changes to bereavement payment provisions in relation to recipients of DFISA-like payment.

Other DFISA impacts

DFISA entitlement may impact other payments, benefits and arrangements.    


Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) is an income support payment to be made by DVA to people whose income support payment under Social Security Law is reduced, or not payable, because of the impact of adjusted disability pension. DFISA is the difference between the person's existing entitlement, and what the entitlement would have been had adjusted DP been exempt, but was assessed in the calculation of rent assistance.

 

 

Means a payment of:

  • job search allowance, or

  • youth training allowance.

 

 

The Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Section 118NA of the VEA defines adjusted disability pension as:

  • disability pension paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
  • permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Adjusted disability pension does not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.

 

 

The Defence Force Income Support Allowance-like (DFISA-like) payment is an ISP under regulations made under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986. DFISA-like payment may be payable to a person whose:

  • income support payment administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), or
  • living allowance made under ABSTUDY

is reduced or not payable because of adjusted disability pension ADP.

 

 

Aboriginal study assistance scheme means:

  • the ABSTUDY scheme, or
  • the Aboriginal Overseas Study Assistance Scheme.

Section 118NA of the VEA defines adjusted disability pension as:

  • disability pension paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
  • permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Adjusted disability pension does not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.

 

 

A Social Security payment refers to the following:

 

 

 

Section 118NA of the VEA defines adjusted disability pension as:

  • disability pension paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
  • permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Adjusted disability pension does not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.

 

 

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.

The Defence Force Income Support Allowance-like (DFISA-like) payment is an ISP under regulations made under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986. DFISA-like payment may be payable to a person whose:

  • income support payment administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), or
  • living allowance made under ABSTUDY

is reduced or not payable because of adjusted disability pension ADP.

 

 

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Section 118NA of the VEA defines adjusted disability pension as:

  • disability pension paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
  • permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Adjusted disability pension does not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.

 

 

DFISA bonus is defined in section 5Q(1) of the VEA and is a VEA payment under Part VIIAB of the VEA. A person is entitled to the DFISA bonus if their social security pension bonus is reduced because of the inclusion of adjusted DP in the calculation of their age pension rate. The DFISA bonus is the difference between:

  • the amount of pension bonus received under SSL   , and
  • the amount of pension bonus that would have been received if adjusted DP had not been included in the assessment of age pension.

 

 

Section 118NA of the VEA defines adjusted disability pension as:

  • disability pension paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
  • permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Adjusted disability pension does not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.

 

 

A bereavement payment is an amount payable in respect of a deceased pensioner that represents a continuation of the pensioner's entitlement for a period following the death (the bereavement period).

The payment can be made as:

  • a lump sum in advance, or
  • a continuation of the deceased person's pension instalments, or
  • a combination of both, or
  • a portion of the rate of pension payable to the surviving member of a couple identified as a separate amount only for taxation purposes.

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.