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Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
Stated Current Purpose/Intent
To assist an eligible veteran, member of the Forces, member of a Peacekeeping Force or Australian mariner with the cost of the services of an attendant.
The eligible person must be in receipt of a Disability Compensation Payment for incapacity from one of the following war-caused or defence-caused injuries or diseases:
- blinded in both eyes;
- blinded in both eyes together with total loss of speech or total deafness;
- both arms amputated;
- both legs amputated and one arm amputated;
- both legs amputated at the hip or one leg amputated at the hip and the other amputated in the upper third;
- injury or disease affecting the cerebro-spinal system and the Commission is of the opinion that the person has a need for the services of an attendant to assist the person; or
- injury or disease that has caused a condition similar in effect or severity to an injury or disease affecting the cerebro-spinal system and the Commission is of the opinion that the person has a need for the services of an attendant to assist the person.
- The allowance may not be payable to a person while he or she is an in-patient at "public expense" in a hospital or other institution, or where a carer payment under the Social Security Act 1991 is payable (see the topic: “Recreation Transport Allowance”).
- Attendant allowance is payable at the higher or lower rate depending on the type of disablement.
- Attendant allowance is not payable if Carer Payment is being paid to a person in respect of the veteran.
- The allowance is payable at a higher and lower rate depending on the incapacity.
Date of Introduction
The original intention has not changed.
Significant Changes in Criteria or Purpose Since Introduction
From 1 July 1994, the SWPA Act and Regulations were repealed and Australian mariners became eligible under the VEA on the same basis as veterans.
Standards used to determine blindness under the VEA were brought into line with those used by Department of Human Services and other government agencies. This meant that the blindness standards for a veterans to be classified as permanently blind changed from a visual acuity of less than or equal to 3/60 in both eyes to a visual acuity of less than or equal to 6/60 in both eyes.