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5.9.5 Bereavement Payments and DFISA

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Bereavement payments under the Social Security Act

Section 118ND VEA

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Bereavement payments and impact of DFISA

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

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Income Support Bereavement Payment

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Guide to Social Security Law: 4.3.5.73 DVA DFISA & Bereavement Payments

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There are no bereavement payments payable to recipients of DFISA-like payment.

DFISA payable prior to death

If DFISA was payable to the deceased just prior to death, any bereavement payment payable in respect of that person will be increased to take account of the amount of DFISA that person was receiving.

DFISA bereavement payment arrangements

There is no legislated DFISA bereavement payment, because the amount of DFISA is taken into account in calculating the VEA or SSA bereavement payment required. This occurs whether the bereavement payment is:

  • made under the SSA or the VEA, and
  • made in respect of a single or partnered person.
Bereavement payment may be paid by two instalments

In some circumstances, DVA will deliver a component of the SSA bereavement payment. This is an administrative arrangement under which DVA pays part of the social security bereavement payment on behalf of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. This arrangement enables DVA to recover any outstanding overpayments and minimises intrusion on the bereaved. This will occur for both partnered and single bereavement payments.

Partnered bereavement payments

Where the surviving partner is eligible for a bereavement payment, the calculation of that payment is based on the amount of pension or benefit the deceased was receiving just prior to death. This calculation will include any amount of DFISA the deceased was receiving.     

Single bereavement payment

Where the deceased was receiving DFISA immediately before death and was either single or had a partner who was not receiving an income support payment, a social security bereavement payment is payable. It is payable under the SSA because the deceased was receiving a social security payment at the time of death. For the purpose of calculating the bereavement payment, the amount of DFISA the deceased would have received on the payday after death is included.    

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Guide to Social Security Law: 3.1.5.25 Bereavement Payment Provisions for Singles

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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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

Social Security Act, 1991.

Means a payment of:

  • job search allowance, or

  • youth training allowance.

 

 

Social Security Act, 1991.