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Payment arrangements if the person is in gaol


 Section 55 VEA, Section 55A VEA

While a person is imprisoned or in psychiatric confinement, their payments may be forfeited or suspended if a pension instalment is payable after the day on which the person goes to gaol and before the day the person is released.  If a person has a partner or child/ren then the Commission may direct that the payment or part of the payment be paid to:

  • their partner,

  • their child, or

  • someone else approved by the Commission.

Payability will commence from the date of release regardless of the date of the liability claim for a mental health condition.   There is no backdating of payability prior to the release date from goal.

For further information see Chapter 11.7 Imprisonment.