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1.5.1 Objective of DVA's Income Support Program

1.5.1.1The intention of DVA's Income Support Program is to deliver means-tested income support pensions, allowances and benefits to veterans and their dependents.

1.5.1.2There are three forms of income support paid under the VEA:

  • service pension;
  • partner service pension; and
  • income support supplement.

1.5.1.3All income support pensions are subject to income and assets tests except those granted to people who are blinded in both eyes. A number of supplementary allowances are also available.

1.5.1.4DVA pays and administers age pension under the Social Security Law to certain disability pensioners and their partners. DVA is also delegated to administer parts of the Aged Care Act 1997 for the purposes of calculating income tested residential aged care fees.