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Veterans’ Advocacy Service – Legal aid for veterans and their dependants

The Veterans’ Advocacy Service is a state-wide specialist service of Legal Aid NSW.

This brochure explains how Legal Aid NSW can help veterans and their dependants with advice and representation, here is the PDF version.

Who we help

Current and former members of the Defence Force and their dependents.

What we do

We help our clients obtain a Disability Pension, Service Pension, War Widow/er’s Pension, Gold Card, military compensation, and other entitlements from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

What we offer

Advice - free of charge

We give free advice about your rights and entitlements under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988, and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

Assistance - free of charge

We can help you:

  • to complete claim forms, questionnaires and to write statements; and/or
  • to lodge applications for review to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB), Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and higher courts.

We can represent you in your application for review to the VRB, the AAT and higher courts.

This involves preparing your case, obtaining necessary evidence including medical and other expert reports, and representing you in conferences, negotiations, and at the hearing.

Representation is available according to our guidelines. Please ask us for more information.

How to get in touch


9219 5148 or 12550 (reverse charges) for advice, enquiries and appointments.

If you have made an appointment to see us in person, you will find us at:

Central Sydney, ground floor reception
323 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket NSW 2000
(Cnr Castlereagh and Hay Sts.)
Office hours: 9am-5pm

Regional Areas:

We also conduct regular advice clinics in regional areas.
Please contact us for details.
Email: veterans@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or
Telephone 9219 5148 Fax: 9219 5145

Write to us:

Veterans' Advocacy Service
Legal Aid NSW
PO Box K847
Haymarket NSW 1240

© Legal Aid NSW 2018.