Veterans' Advocacy Service

Legal Aid NSW statewide specialist service.

The Veterans' Advocacy Service (VAS) is a statewide specialist service of Legal Aid NSW.

We can help anyone who has ever served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) including those who are still serving, and their dependants.


We give free independent advice about your rights and entitlements under the veterans’ entitlements legislation (Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004). We also give advice on the merits of lodging claims and appeals and your chances of success, and can represent you in these matters at the Veterans’ Review Board, Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court.

We also provide assistance with claims for retrospective invalidity pensions with the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) and applications to the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

We also provide advice on a range of other legal issues in civil law, family law and crime.

You can contact us by:

  • completing our contact form
  • emailing Veterans' Advocacy Service 
  • calling us on (02) 9219 5148 (reverse charges accepted)
  • writing to us at PO Box K847, Haymarket NSW 1240
  • sending us a fax on (02) 9219 5145
  • attending in person at 323 Castlereagh Street (corner of Hay Street), Haymarket between 9am to 5pm. You will need to see reception on the ground floor first.

If you live in regional NSW, you can also contact us through your local Legal Aid office or ex-service organisation.