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Defence Force Income Support Allowance/DFISA (ceased 2022)
The information below is for historical reference only.
Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) ceased on 1 January 2022 because adjusted disability income became exempt income under the Social Security Act 1991. It was an income support payment paid by DVA to people whose income support payment under Social Security Law was reduced, or not payable, because of the impact of adjusted disability pension. DFISA was the difference between the person's existing entitlement, and what the entitlement would have been had adjusted DP been exempt, but was assessed in the calculation of rent assistance.
Means a payment of:
The Department of Veterans' Affairs.
The social security law includes:
- the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999; and
- the Social Security Act 1991;and
- the Social Security (International Agreements) Act 1999.
On 1 January 2022, both DFISA and the Disability Income Rent Test were removed. Thus the term Adjusted Disability Pension was made redundant. The following is for historical reference only.
Section 118NA of the VEA defined adjusted disability pension as:
- disability pension (known as disability compensation payment from 2022) paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
- permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.
Adjusted disability pension did not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.
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