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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 18 September 2015
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Pension increase for veterans

Veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia will see an increase to their pensions from 20 September 2015 as part of the bi-annual indexation process.

As pension rates are calculated on a daily basis, the next pension paid after the 20 September increase (on payday 1 October 2015) will be paid partly at the old rate and partly at the new rate.  The first full payment at the new pension rates will be 15 October 2015.

The table below highlights the new fortnightly rates.

Table of pension increases

Pension

September 2013

March 2015

September 2015

Increase since September 2013

Service Pension—single

$827.10

$860.20

$867.00

$39.90

Service Pension—couples (each)
(combined)

$623.40
$1246.80

$648.40
$1,296.80

$653.50
$1,307.00

$30.10
$60.20

War Widow(er)’s Pension

$840.20

$874.10

$880.90

$40.70

Income Support Supplement

$247.60

$257.80

$259.90

$12.30

Special Rate (TPI) of Disability Pension

$1,269.00

$1,320.50

$1,330.90

$61.90

Intermediate Rate of Disability Pension

$861.30

$896.40

$903.50

$42.20

Extreme Disablement Adjustment

$700.70

$729.30

$735.10

$34.40

100 per cent General Rate of Disability Pension

$451.00

$469.40

$473.10

$22.10

These are the maximum rates of payment and include any Energy Supplement payable.

Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. A full list of pension rates are available on www.dva.gov.au or by calling 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Media inquiries:        

Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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