Wednesday, 27 May 2015

VVCS Group Programs

VVCS offers a range of group programs that provide a safe and supportive environment in which to learn about issues impacting on mental health and wellbeing.
All VVCS group programs are conducted by facilitators experienced in working with veterans and their families and are provided free to eligible participants. 
To register your interest in attending a program in 2015, phone VVCS on 
1800 011 046

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead is a publication designed to help veterans and their families prepare for bereavement

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Advanced Care Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney

Do you know what is required to get an advanced care directive in place? 
If you don't check out the information from Seniors Information Service   here

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

At the meeting of 15 April 2015 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SoPs) for:
- gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer……………………61/2015 & 62/2015
- hepatitis A…..…………………………….…........…63/2015 & 64/2015
- cerebrovascular accident……...…………….…..….65/2015 & 66/2015
- hereditary spherocytosis…………………………….67/2015 & 68/2015
- malignant neoplasm of the bile duct………………..69/2015 & 70/2015

These SoPs revoke the SoPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined to revoke and not reissue SoPs for the following:

                      Declaration (pdf) (Word)
                      Reasons for Decision (pdf) (Word)

- congenital cataract   49/2007 – Revocation & 50/2007 – Revocation
                                Declaration (pdf) (Word)
                                Reasons for Decision (pdf) (Word)

                     Declaration (pdf) (Word)
                     Reasons for Decision (pdf) (Word)
Declarations relating to these decisions will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 12 May 2015.  
The above SoPs and Revocations take effect from 1 June 2015.
The above determinations and revocations conclude the previously advertised investigations.


Decided to advertise the following investigations:
- Lyme disease
- diabetes mellitus (focussed review – androgen deprivation therapy)
- cirrhosis of the liver
- external bruise
- opisthorchiasis
- clonorchiasis
- sarcoidosis
- presbyopia
- otosclerosis
- malignant neoplasm of the urethra
- cut, stab, abrasion and laceration
- cholelithiasis
- diverticular disease of the colon
- benign prostatic hyperplasia
- spasmodic torticollis
- polymyalgia rheumatica
- ascariasis
- hookworm disease

The Investigation Notices for these investigations will appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 12 May 2015

2015-2016 DVA Budget Fact Sheet


Monday, 11 May 2015

Veterans'Pension Indexation to Remain Unchanged

Media Release VA040 - 07 May 2015
The Government has decided not to proceed with changes to pension indexation announced in the 2014–15 Budget.Consistent with the Government’s pre-election commitment to give DFRB and DFRDB military superannuants aged 55 and over access to the best indexation arrangement from three indices (Consumer Price Index (CPI), Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI), and Male Total Average Weekly Earnings (MTAWE)) the Government will continue to index service pensions, war widows pensions, income support supplement, veteran disability pensions (including the Special Rate or TPI pension), wholly dependent partner payment and special rate disability pension against these three benchmarks.
In making this announcement, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, noted the strong views of the veteran and ex-service community about the changes proposed last year. The Government has listened and is acting on that feedback.
The need to reform Australia’s pension system remains. Consistent with the Government’s approach, a new set of reforms have been proposed to reduce the long-term cost of Australia’s income support system. The Government will adjust the asset limits and taper rates for service pensioners who have a greater capacity to support themselves in their retirement.
The new changes will benefit veterans who do not have significant private wealth, while continuing to make our system more sustainable and address the fiscal challenges inherited from the previous Government.
The effect of the reversals is that:

  • indexation of service pension, veteran disability pension, war widow pension, wholly dependent partner payment and special rate disability pension will continue to be the greater of the CPI, PBLCI or MTAWE
  • income test thresholds will continue to be increased each 1 July in line with movements in the CPI
The private family home and other assets currently exempt from the asset test will continue to be exempt from these calculations.