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Civil - core areas of legal aid work

2. Veterans' matters

Extended Legal Assistance is available for assistance with primary claims with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and representation at the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) in the following types of matters:

  • Primary claims with the DVA and appeals from decisions of the delegate to the VRB about war-caused disability pension entitlement or assessment claims under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (Cth)
  • Primary claims with the DVA under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (Cth) 
  • Primary claims with the DVA and appeals from decisions of the delegate to the VRB about claims under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (Cth) in relation to:
    • acceptance of liability (Chapter 2)
    • rehabilitation programs (Chapter 3, Part 2)
    • permanent impairment (Chapter 4, Part 2)
    • incapacity payments for former members (Chapter 4, Part 4)
    • special rate disability pension (Chapter 4, Part 6), and/or
      dependent’s benefits (Chapter 5).

To be eligible for Extended Legal Assistance an applicant must satisfy the following eligibility test:

There will be no Means Test for the Veterans’ matters.

Date last published: 07/09/2020