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6.10.1 Overview of Veterans Supplement

What is veterans supplement?

Veterans supplement (VSup) is a fortnightly allowance paid certain pensioners and card holders who do not receive an income support payment from DVA or Centrelink.    

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Rate of VSup

VSup is payable at the high or low rate depending on the recipient's eligibility.      

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The veterans supplement was introduced on 20 September 2009 as part of the Government's Secure and Sustainable Pension Reform package. It is a fortnightly payment that replaces pharmaceutical allowance and/or telephone allowance for compensation recipients who are not in receipt of an income support supplement. There are two rates, the veterans supplement low rate and the veterans supplement high rate. The low rate replaces one of the allowances and the high rate replaces both. The low rate is indexed every January to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The high rate is always twice the amount of the low rate.