Former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with entitlements under the DRCA or the MRCA, whose accepted conditions impact on their ability to undertake or sustain employment, are eligible for vocational rehabilitation assistance. This includes "declared" members, ADF Cadets, Officers of Cadets and Instructors of Cadets.
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A VVRS approved rehabilitation program may include the provision of work related aids, appliances and workplace alterations. This is explained in Section 1.3.3 of the VVRS Instrument.
Under section 4.2.1 of the VVRS Instrument, accommodation and travel assistance can be provided to VVRS clients who live in rural and remote areas and who are required to travel a substantial distance for a rehabilitation assessment or training program.
The Department administers the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) on behalf of the Repatriation Commission.
This topic relates to section 4.2 of the VVRS Instrument.
Note: This assistance is only available to the veteran.
Grant may be made in special circumstances
Accommodation assistance will generally only be available to veterans in rural and remote areas who need to travel to another population centre while undertaking vocational rehabilitation or for the purposes of assessments or meetings with Rehabilitation Service Providers associated with participation in the VVRS.
VVRS application process
A veteran wishing to apply for assistance under the Veterans' Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) should contact their nearest DVA office to obtain an application form.
The 1000 Veterans' Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) Application Form is also available from DVA Forms on the DVA website.
DVA's VVRS Coordinator is able to answer questions from both staff and potential clients relating to the Scheme and assist with the completion of the application form, if necessary.
The Veterans' Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) is a free and voluntary rehabilitation program that assists eligible veterans to find or retain employment. The assistance provided includes vocational support such as vocational assessments and interview skills training. The Scheme also offers medical management and psychosocial services to address barriers in other parts of a veteran’s life preventing his or her retention of, or return to, employment.
This topic relates to section 3.1 of the VVRS Instrument.
Participation in the VVRS by veterans other than those referred to in Chapter 2 in the VVRS Instrument
Certain veterans - who are not in receipt of disability compensation payment at the special or intermediate rate, or invalidity service pension - may participate in a Veterans' Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) rehabilitation program, whether they are in receipt of a pension or not.
This topic relates to section 2.1 of the VVRS Instrument.
Certain veterans who are in receipt of:
- disability compensation payment at the special rate or the intermediate rate; or
- the invalidity service pension;
may participate in a vocational rehabilitation program under this Scheme.