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1.1.4 Merchant Mariners


This section covers Australian or allied merchant mariners who can claim entitlements under the VEA. Australian merchant mariners may be entitled to both disability pension and service pension. Allied merchant mariners are only entitled to service pension.  Allied mariners include persons and ships from Commonwealth countries.

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

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].

A service pension is an income support payment broadly equivalent to the social security age and disability support pensions. It may be paid once a veteran or partner has reached the nominated age or is incapacitated for work.