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DFISA Payability





When is DFISA payable?

DFISA is payable to a person who is qualified for a social security, DAFF or ABSTUDY income support payment where they or their partner receive adjusted DP and they meet one of the following criteria:

  • their income support payment is reduced because of the impact of adjusted DP, or
  • their income support payment is not payable because of the impact of adjusted DP.
When is DFISA not payable?

DFISA is not payable to a person if:

  • their social security income support payment is paid under the financial hardship provisions,
  • the rate of DFISA would be nil,
  • they have elected not to receive DFISA, or    More ?
  • they receive the Department of Agriculture's Farm Household Allowance.     More ?
Affected income support payments

Centrelink generally pays the following social security, DAFF and ABSTUDY income support payments, which may be reduced by adjusted DP and may attract DFISA:    

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  • age pension (also paid by DVA)
  • disability support pension
  • carer payment
  • JobSeeker payment
  • parenting payment
  • youth allowance
  • austudy payment
  • mature age allowance
  • special benefit
  • special needs pension
  • ABSTUDY living allowance
  • exceptional circumstances relief payment (repealed 2014)
  • farm help income support (repealed 2014)
  • interim income support
Manner of payment

Payment of DFISA will be directed to the eligible person's existing DVA payment destination. If there are no current payment destination details recorded with DVA for the eligible person, the DFISA payment cannot be released until an authorised person nominates a payment destination. If the person would like their DFISA payments released into an account other than their own, they will need to arrange for appointment of an agent. If the person's ill health, infirmity or age renders them unable to manage their affairs, a trustee may be appointed.    

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One off payments

In some circumstances, a person may be entitled to a one off payment of DFISA. For example, this may occur where a person is eligible for a sickness benefit payment for a period of only a few days, and goes on and off payment within the one DVA pension period. In this instance, DFISA will be paid on the next DVA pension payday.




Reference Library - Departmental Instruction - Department of Agriculture - Farm Household Allowance



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Centrelink website: Guide To Australian Government Payments Booklet


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Payment by Direct Credit

Section 11.5.2

Accrual while awaiting payment destination details


11.5.2/Powers of Commission in Relation to Direct Credit Payments

Agents and Trustees

Chapter 11.3



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Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) is an income support payment to be made by DVA to people whose income support payment under Social Security Law is reduced, or not payable, because of the impact of adjusted disability pension. DFISA is the difference between the person's existing entitlement, and what the entitlement would have been had adjusted DP been exempt, but was assessed in the calculation of rent assistance.



Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Aboriginal study assistance scheme means:

  • the ABSTUDY scheme, or
  • the Aboriginal Overseas Study Assistance Scheme.

Section 118NA of the VEA defines adjusted disability pension as:

  • disability pension paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
  • permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Adjusted disability pension does not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.



Centrelink is a Government service delivery agency responsible for delivering a range of Commonwealth Government services (including social security pensions and allowances) to the Australian community through a network of more than 400 Centrelink offices.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Aboriginal study assistance scheme means:

  • the ABSTUDY scheme, or
  • the Aboriginal Overseas Study Assistance Scheme.

An age pension is a means tested income support payment paid by Centrelink  or DVA on behalf of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. The majority of age pensions are paid through Centrelink. However, eligible veterans  who have an accepted disability or receive a disability pension from DVA, but do not have qualifying service, may be paid their age pension by DVA. Their partner may also receive their age pension from DVA, if eligible.



A Disability Support pension is paid by Centrelink to claimants with a significant and long term inability to work and is broadly equivalent to an Invalidity service pension paid by DVA.

Means carer payment under the Social Security Act 1991.

According to subsection 5Q(1) (b), of the VEA a pension period is a period of two weeks that starts two days before a payday (i.e. Tuesday) and ends two days before the next payday (i.e. close of business Monday).



Commencing from the Thursday falling on 11 July 1991, DVA pension payday falls on each succeeding alternate Thursday.  Refer to the fact sheet IS144 Pension Paydays, Allowance Payment Dates & Pension Periods for a listing of these days.