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Incapacity Payments – Recovery of veteran payment
If incapacity payments are determined to be payable and the veteran put into regular payment, Veteran Payment is to be cancelled from the first regular incapacity payment.
For further details about restrictions on dual payments, please see: Payment.
Any amount of Veteran Payment paid to a current or former member of the ADF for the same period as incapacity payments are received will be recovered from the incapacity payment arears amount only.
If the current or former member has outstanding debts to the Department, then the existing debts are recovered from incapacity payment arrears before any Veteran Payment amount.
A person was receiving Veteran Payment and their claim(s) for a mental health condition were rejected.
|Veteran Payment is not recovered.|
|A person was receiving Veteran Payment before their claim for incapacity payments was accepted and no debts exist.|
Veteran Payment will be recovered for any overlapping period in which incapacity payment is paid, and Veteran Payment has been paid. The recovery amount will not exceed the amount of incapacity payment arrears.
|A person was receiving Veteran Payment before their claim for incapacity payments was accepted and put into paymentand the person has outstanding debts.|
The outstanding debts will be recovered first. Remaining incapacity payment arrears will be used to recover Veteran Payment for any overlapping period in which incapacity payment is paid, and Veteran Payment has been paid (this may lead to Veteran Payment only being partially recovered or not at all). The maximum amount of Veteran Payment to be recovered is the remaining amount of incapacity payment arrears available after all other debts have been recovered.
A person was receiving Veteran Payment and does not progress to incapacity payments.
|Veteran Payment is not recovered.|
A partner of a current or former member of the ADF was receiving Veteran Payment.
|Veteran Payment paid to the partner is not recovered.|
Date of effect for cancellation of Veteran Payment where incapacity payments are granted and the veteran is put into regular payment.
Date of effect for cancellation of Veteran Payment
VEA 45SB (7)
Following determination to grant incapacity payments, the date of effect for the cancellation of Veteran Payment will be the day after the action is taken to grant and put the veteran into regular incapacity payment. This will ensure that no additional recovery action is required.
Example: Adam and his partner Georgia have been receiving Veteran Payment since 4 May and Adam’s claim for liability for a mental health condition was accepted by DVA on 25 May. Medical evidence meant that Adam’s incapacity payments were backdated to 10 May.
Action is taken to cancel Adam’s and Georgia’s Veteran Payment on 7 June, with the cancellation taking effect one day later on 8 June. The recoverable amount from incapacity arrears is only Adam’s Veteran Payment from 10 May to 7 June. The remainder of the Veteran Payment, being the amount paid from 4 May (commencement of Veteran Payment) to 9 May (day prior to commencement of incapacity eligibility,) is not recovered.
Partner’s payments are not recovered
There is no recovery of any amount of Veteran Payment made to the partner from the current or former member’s incapacity payments.
This also applies where both members of a couple are current or former members of the ADF with outstanding liability claims for mental health conditions. In this situation, both members of the couple are eligible for the Veteran Payment in their own right. Incapacity payments made in respect of one individual’s claims will not be used to recover Veteran Payments made to the other member of the couple.
The date of cancellation of a partner’s payment must be the same as the primary person’s date of cancellation.
Example: Action was taken to cancel Adam’s Veteran Payment on 7 June, taking effect of 8 June. As Georgia was receiving Veteran Payment as Adam’s partner, her payment was also cancelled on 7 June (effective 8 June) as she was no longer eligible (partners are required to be the partner of someone receiving Veteran Payment). Georgia’s payments are not a debt and will not be recovered.