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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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27 March 2017

Veteran pensions set to increase

Veteran pension payments have increased in line with the biannual indexation process.

Pension recipients including veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers, across Australia will be paid the increase from 20 March 2017.

Due to the calculation of pension rates on a daily basis, the first pension paid after the indexation on payday 30 March 2017 will comprise both the old and new rates.

The new pension rates will be fully effective from payment date 13 April 2017.

The table below highlights the new fortnightly rates.
Service pension Old rate
(fortnightly)
New rate
(fortnightly}
Increase
(fortnightly)
Single person $877.10 $888.30 $11.20
Couples (each) $661.20 $669.60 $8.40
Single person - transitional $738.60 $748.00 $9.40
Couples (each) - transitional $595.80 $603.40 $7.60
War Widows  
War widow(er)'s pension $891.30 $902.80 $11.50
Income support supplement $263.10 $266.60 $3.50
Disability pension  
T&PI (Special rate) $1,346.90 $1,364.30 $17.40
Intermediate rate $914.40 $926.20 $11.80
EDA rate $744.00 $753.60 $9.60
100 per cent rate $478.80 $485.00 $6.20
10 per cent rate $54.81 $55.43 $0.62

Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. For a full list of pension rates, please visit the DVA website 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.