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DVA's involvement in the reforms


DVA's role in implementing the reforms is limited to:

  • providing income figures for DVA income support pensioners and self-funded retirees(SFRs)  who enter aged care on or after 1 March 1998.  The SFRs must receive disability pension and have qualifying service.  The income for other SFRs is assessed by Centrelink.
  • cancelling rent assistance payments made to income support pensioners receiving care in subsidised aged care accommodation from 1 October 1997;
  • confirming the income support pensioner status of residents for Department of Health & Family Services (DH&FS) pensioner supplement purposes; and
  • ensuring that accommodation bonds are assessed appropriately for income and assets test purposes. Please note accommodation charges are not treated as income or an asset for pension purposes.