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Rules for Payment of Veterans Supplement

Payment to recipients who are overseas

Veterans supplement is not payable to recipients who are overseas permanently or have been overseas temporarily for 26 weeks or more.    

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Income support recipients

A DVA or Centrelink income support recipient is not eligible for veterans supplement, as an equivalent payment is made with their income support pension or benefit.     

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Energy supplement



If a person with dual eligibility for veterans supplement becomes eligible for energy supplement after reaching pension age, they will lose eligibility under VEA section 118B. They will therefore move from the high rate of veterans supplement to the low rate of veterans supplement.



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.