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Table 11 Disability Pension and Allowances

Type

What to Verify

What to Request

Who to Contact for Information

Disability pension retrospective reduction.

  1. The new lower rate of DP.
  2. The date the rate commences.

The medical and pension files.

Check pension files to see if arrears are being held for SP or from the original DP grant/increase. This may also be done by accessing the Arrears Enquiry Folder located under the Payabilities Tab in VIEW.

If DP reduced due to veteran losing eligibility due to working then contact employer for dates employment commenced, although this should be on file, and check no SP in payment as this may affect SP rate.

War widow's /widower's pension (WWP) from two different veterans.

  1. Date of grant of second war widow's/widower's pension.
  2. Which entitlement does the war widow/widower wish to be paid under?

Request the pension and medical files for both veterans that qualified the pensioner as a war widow/widower.

The Department will have all records in these cases.

Contact the war widow /widower to establish which file will be the number under which they are paid if eligible for WWP under two different file numbers (i.e. two different veterans).

Disability pension paid under section 70 VEA and compensation paid for the same incapacity. (Also refer to Part II, Division 5A, Section 30A VEA to section 30P VEA)

NB - Includes dual payment of WWP and 3rd party compensation in respect of death of veteran.

  1. The condition for which compensation is paid.
  2. The authority paying the compensation.
  3. The method of payment (i.e. lump sum or fortnightly instalments).
  4. Is amount totally for pensioner or is there an allowance for partner and children?
  5. If SP in payment, do offsetting provisions in subsections 5NB (5) and (6) apply?

Copy of the documents relating to compensation payment, which will state the amounts and methods of payment.

The dates and amounts of any variations in amounts.

Department of Defence if the compensation has been paid by them.

If a third party, contact the solicitor or paying authority, such as an insurance firm for the documents.

DVA single/double orphan's pension

  1. The name of the scheme the orphan is being paid under.
  2. The date of grant of assistance.

Copies of advice of grant of assistance and dates and amounts of any increases to payment.

Departmental files may have the information, if not then contact the custodian, or paying authority (e.g. VCES, Austudy).

Payments under the law of a State or foreign country (e.g. EATS & Composite cases) paid for the same incapacity

  1. The condition for which compensation is paid.
  2. The authority/country paying the compensation.
  3. The method of payment (i.e. lump sum or fortnightly instalments)
  4. Is amount totally for pensioner or is there an allowance for partner and children?

Copy of the documents relating to compensation payment, which will state the amounts and methods of payment.

The dates and amounts of any increases in amounts.

In EATS or composite cases then request DVA files to gain access to the records of payment.

Contact overseas pensions clerk who can give the contact for the overseas authority if no record is on DVA files.

Recreation Transport Allowance*

  1. Date pensioner granted Vehicle Assistance.
  2. Date pensioner began being cared for at public expense.
  3. Is the pensioner paying a partial contribution towards the care?

Details of participation in the Vehicle Assistance Scheme.

Details of admission to care.

Details of any contributions being paid by the pensioner.

The medical file may have the details you require. If not then contact the institution that admitted the pensioner.

Attendant Allowance*

  1. Date pensioner admitted for care.
  2. Is the pensioner paying a partial contribution towards the care?
  3. Date carer's pension granted (either by DVA or Centrelink).

Details of admission and discharge.

Details of any contributions being paid by the pensioner.

Details of grant of carer's pension.

The medical and/or the hospital files may have the details of admissions/ discharges. If not, contact the institution that admitted the veteran.

DVA grant of carer's pension will be on the pension file.

For a social security grant of carer's pension contact Centrelink for the date and amount of grant.

Loss of Earnings Allowance

  1. Date Service Pension granted.
  2. Date of grant of Special Rate disability pension (T&PI)

Details of SP/DP grant.

The pension or medical file will have all details required to investigate this case type.

Notes on table 11
  • If a recipient of Attendant's Allowance (AA) or Recreation Transport Allowance (RTA) is admitted to an institution (including hospital) where they are cared for at public expense (the meaning of Public Expense is outlined in DI B10/94 and DI B11/94) the Department must be notified within 14 days.