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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

20 March 2019

Veteran pensions set to increase

Pension payments for veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers are set to increase from 20 March 2019.

The first pension paid after payday 28 March 2019 will comprise a component of both the old and new rates. The new pension rates will be fully effective from pension payday 11 April 2019.

The table below highlights the new fortnightly rates.

Service Pension Old rate (fortnightly) New rate
(fortnightly)
Increase
(fortnightly)
Single person  $916.30  $926.20  $9.90
Couples (each)  $690.70  $698.10  $7.40
Single person — transitional  $768.00  $775.50  $7.50
Couples (each) — transitional  $619.60  $625.70  $6.10
War Widows      
War widow(er)'s pension  $931.50  $941.60  $10.10
Income support supplement  $275.40  $278.50  $3.10
Disability Pension      
Total and Permanent Incapacity (Special rate)  $1,408.00  $1,423.40  $15.40
Intermediate rate  $956.00  $966.50  $10.50
Extreme Disablement Adjustment  $777.90  $786.50  $8.60
100 per cent  $500.60  $506.10  $5.50
10 per cent  $56.99  $57.54  $0.55
Veteran Payment Rates      
Single person $991.00 $1,001.90 $10.90
Couples (each) $771.90 $780.40 $8.50

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

Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. For a full list of pension rates, please visit the CLIK website or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.

ENDS

Media contacts:

Rachel Tharratt: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon Darren Chester MP, Canberra

Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au