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Temporary Special Rate vs Loss of Earnings allowance - 7
- The Loss of Earnings allowance is provided under s 108 of the VEA. Unlike the Temporary Special Rate pension, eligibility for the Loss of Earnings allowance is not dependent on a veteran's level of incapacity from accepted conditions or the number of hours they are able to undertake remunerative work.
- Loss of Earnings allowance may be granted to a veteran who has been absent from their usual place of employment and has lost salary, wages or earnings due to:
- receiving treatment for an accepted condition;
- waiting for the supply or repair of an artificial limb or other surgical aid;
- attending an appointment for the purposes of investigation of a claim or application for increase for disability pension; or
- having no benefit to cover an absence for another illness, after using sick leave for accepted conditions.
- Loss of Earnings allowance may also be paid to an attendant approved by the Commission to accompany a veteran in the circumstances outlined above. A person acting on behalf of a veteran in conjunction with a claim or investigation of a claim may also be paid the Loss of Earnings allowance for any resulting loss of salary, wages or earnings.
- The table below outlines the key differences to be considered when determining whether or not a veteran is eligible for either the Temporary Special Rate or Loss of Earnings allowance.
Temporary Special Rate
Loss of Earnings Allowance
There are specific work history requirements for veterans aged 65 years and over.
As per Special Rate, if claiming at or over age 65, work requirements are based on the veteran's last paid work.
No age requirements/limits.
Veteran is assessed at 70% incapacity or more due to accepted conditions.
No minimum level of disability pension.
Veteran is temporarily incapable of undertaking remunerative work for more than 8 hours a week due to accepted conditions alone.
No work capacity or work hours requirements.
Veteran is prevented from continuing their remunerative work due to their accepted conditions alone.
If claiming at or over age 65, the veteran
No work history or specific age requirements or limits.
Loss of salary, wages or earnings as the veteran is prevented from continuing their remunerative work due to accepted conditions alone.
Loss of salary, wages, or earnings due to the veteran (being absent from work):
Paid during the period incapacity is likely to continue based on medical evidence. If granted, is subject to review prior to expiration of the scheduled payment period.
Paid for the period of actual lost salary, wages or earnings due to absence from work.
Amount of Compensation
Statutory rate regardless of actual amount of earnings
The lesser of:
Note: On 1 July 2017, the work restriction eligibility rules changed. The work history requirement for Special and Intermediate Rates of Disability Pension now just requires a period of 10 continuous years of work in any field or vocation prior to applying for the Special or Intermediate Rates of Disability Pension.