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5.12 Pension Supplement (PSup)
In this chapter
The purpose of pension supplement [glossary:(PSup):] is to assist DVA service pensioners with costs such as pharmaceuticals, and telephone, internet, energy, rates, water and sewerage bills.
Chapter 3.1 Service Pension Eligibility
Section 5GA of the VEA
The pension supplement is added to a person's maximum basic rate. The pension supplement is calculated as a 'combined couple' rate. The 'not a member of a couple' rate is 66.33% of the 'combined couple' rate. The member of a couple rate is 50% of the combined couple rate. From 1 July 2010, the minimum pension supplement amount will be able to be claimed on a quarterly basis rather than on a fortnightly basis.
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.