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Assessment Period (s19) -

  1. All the Special Rate criteria or Intermediate Rate criteria must be met at the same point in time within the assessment period. The assessment period:
  • begins on the day the formal claim for pension or application for increase in pension is lodged; and
  • ends on the day the claim is determined.

  1. A claim or application is lodged when it is received at an office of the Department of Veterans' Affairs in Australia (see s 5T of the VEA).