Skip to navigation

Media releases & speeches

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

20 September 2016

Increase to veteran pensions

Veteran pension payments will increase from today.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said pension payments would increase from 20 September 2016 in line with indexation for veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers across Australia.

The pension rates are calculated on a daily basis, so pensioners will see a partial increase on their next payday – 29 September 2016. The new pension rates will be fully effective from payment date 13 October 2016.

The table below highlights the new annual rates.

SERVICE PENSION Old rate (annually) New rate (annually) Increase (annually)
Single person $22,721.40 $22,804.60 $83.20
Couples (each) $17,126.20 $17,191.20 $65.00
Single person – transitional $19,167.20 $19,203.60 $36.40
Couples (each) – transitional $15,459.60 $15,490.80 $31.20
WAR WIDOWS      
War widow(er)’s pension $23,085.40 $23,173.80 $88.40
Income support supplement $6,812.00 $6,840.60 $28.60
DISABILITY PENSION      
T&PI (Special rate) $34,879.00 $35,019.40 $140.40
Intermediate rate $23,678.20 $23,774.40 $96.20
EDA $19,266.00 $19,344.00 $78.00
100 per cent $12,399.40 $12,448.80 $49.40
10 per cent $1,420.12 $1,425.06 $4.94

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

For a full list of pension rates, please visit www.dva.gov.au or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.