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Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA)

Legislative Authority

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
Section 118NB (eligibility)
118NC (when payable)
Section 118ND (calculation of amount payable)


Stated Current Purpose/Intent

The purpose of DFISA is to effectively exempt disability pension paid under the VEA from the income test for income support payments paid under Social Security Law, while continuing to regard it as income for the purposes of rent assistance paid under both Social Security and Veterans' Entitlements Law.


Current Eligibility Criteria

The amount of DFISA will be the difference between the person's rate of social security payment, and what the rate would be if adjusted disability pension were exempt from the assessment, but included in the calculation of any rent assistance entitlement.

DFISA may be payable to people whose social security income support payment is reduced or not payable because of the impact of adjusted disability pension.

Adjusted disability pension means:

  • disability pensions paid under Parts II or IV of the VEA;
  • dependant pension, which is a small frozen amount paid to dependants of disability pensioners, not granted since 1986;
  • temporary incapacity allowance; and
  • permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the MRCA.


Date of Introduction

20 September 2004


Significant Changes in Criteria or Purpose Since Introduction