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6.7 Clothing Allowance

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Last amended: 6 September 2011

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Purpose of Clothing Allowance

Clothing Allowance may be paid to an eligible veteran, Member of the Forces, or member of a Peacekeeping Force for wear and tear and damage to clothing resulting from war or defence-caused disabilities, or the treatment of those disabilities. For example, damage may be caused by the wearing of surgical aids and appliances.

Eligibility criteria and rates of Clothing Allowance

To be eligible for a Clothing Allowance, the person must be in receipt of a disability pension for incapacity from a specific war-caused or defence-caused incapacity. The rate payable depends on the type of incapacity. Clothing Allowance may be paid at the high, middle or low rates.    

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Disability Pension Eligibility

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Eligibility for high rate of Clothing Allowance

The high rate of Clothing Allowance is payable where a person:

  • has one arm and one leg amputated, or    
  • has a certain specified condition (one leg or one arm amputated; both legs or both arms amputated; or one leg amputated, causing essential hip disarticulation) and is required to use a crutch or crutches in addition to any artificial aid.     
Eligibility for middle rate of Clothing Allowance

    

The middle rate of Clothing Allowance is payable where a person has:

  • both legs or both arms amputated, or
  • one leg amputated, causing essential hip disarticulation.
Eligibility for the low rate of Clothing Allowance

The low rate of Clothing Allowance is payable where a person:

Meaning of 'amputation'

    

For the purposes of Clothing Allowance:

  • an amputation of a foot is deemed to be an amputation of a leg, and
  • an amputation of a hand is deemed to be an amputation of an arm.
Multiple grants of Clothing Allowance

    

If a person is granted Clothing Allowance for one of the specified conditions and is also granted Clothing Allowance at the low rate for an “other” condition (see above), the two amounts payable are added together.

Assessment of Clothing Allowance payments

    

Payment of Clothing Allowance under the VEA is excluded income for income support purposes.    

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For the purposes of Part VI of the VEA, a reference to a veteran is taken to be a reference to:

  • a veteran as defined in subsection 5C(1) of the VEA;
  • a member of the Forces as defined in subsection 68(1) of the VEA; or
  • a member of a Peacekeeping Force as defined in subsection 68(1) of the VEA.

For the purposes of Part VII of the VEA, according to subsection 5C(1), veteran means a person (including a deceased person):

  • who is taken to have rendered eligible war service, or
  • in respect of whom a pension is, or pensions are, payable under subsection 13(6) and
  • in Part III and Part VIIC of the VEA includes a person who is:

 

 

A member of the forces is a person who served in the defence force for a continuous period that commenced after 7 December 1972 and has the type of service required in sections 69, 69A and 69B of the VEA.

“Member of a Peacekeeping Force means a person who is serving, or has served, with a Peacekeeping Force outside Australia as an Australian member, or as a member of the Australian contingent, of that Peacekeeping Force."

Disability pension, for the purposes of service pension and income support supplement, means:

  • a pension paid for incapacity from war caused conditions, or peacetime, peacekeeping or hazardous service caused conditions (other than a war widow's or orphan's pension); or
  • temporary incapacity allowance; or
  • any other payment in respect of incapacity or death resulting from war or war-like operations in which the Crown has been engaged [usually paid by another Commonwealth country].

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.

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.

According to section 5H of the VEA income is:

  • an amount earned, derived or received by a person for the person's own use or benefit;
  • a periodical payment by way of gift or allowance; or
  • a periodical benefit by way of gift or allowance.

 

 

The DVA program area which administers income support payment claims for means tested pensions or benefits is called income support.