Thursday, 29 September 2011

Rationalisation of Temporary Incapacity Allowance

The Temporary Incapacity Allowance (TIA) was removed from the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 (VEA) from 20 September 2011.
From this date, any veteran or member who has a temporary period of incapacity due to treatment received for a war or defence caused condition will be encouraged to claim the Loss of Earnings (LOE) Allowance.

Loss of Earnings Allowance factsheet

Mental Health Week 2011

Depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any time.
Often people won't talk about how they're feeling because they're worried about what others will think.

Don't let discrimination and stigma stop you, or someone else, getting help.

More about Mental Health Week   here

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Monday, 26 September 2011

Service Delivery Integration (SDI) Grants

Applications for the Service Delivery Integration (SDI) Grant are now open.

SDI Application Kit documents

The key objectives of the SDI grant are to improve the efficiency of delivery of pensions, advocacy and welfare services, to foster a collaborative approach and improve communication between ESOs, and to assist their operations to be sustainable into the future.

The SDI grant provides an opportunity for organisations, regardless of the number and size, which have a common goal in helping veterans and serving members, to avail themselves of this assistance. It will provide an opportunity to review their current arrangements and identify improvements and efficiencies that will ultimately assist them to meet the reduced funding available for BEST Round 14.
The grant is also available to ESOs that are already operating collaboratively as a centre or similar, as well as individual ESOs in regional or remote locations that wish to investigate opportunities for reducing costs and achieving efficiencies in their services.

It is NOT compulsory to apply for an SDI grant.

The Department has written to all BEST Round 13 applicants and National ESO Presidents, providing them with information about the SDI Grants.

More information on the Service Delivery Integration (SDI) Grant is available on this link.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Former POWs receive recognition payment

Special recognition for Australians who experienced the harsh conditions of captivity during the Second World War and Korean War will be provided from today.


Increase to Veteran Pension Rates

From today, some 320,000 veterans, partners and war widows and widowers will now receive increased pensions and income support payments.


Friday, 16 September 2011


Being a carer can be both physically and mentally demanding.
There are many things a carer can do to maintain their health and avoid injury...


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

R U OK? Day

Thursday 15 September, 2011 is R U OK?Day.

It’s a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

On that day we want everyone across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of life, to ask family, friends and colleagues: "Are you OK?".
Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.

It's so simple. In the time it takes to have a coffee, you can start a conversation that could change a life.


Monday, 12 September 2011

Veterans' Health Week

Veterans' Health Week is from 24-31 October.
See how you can get involved at www.dva.gov.au/health_and_wellbeing/vhw/Pages/index.aspx