$407m For Veterans In Ess Payments

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Parliament House Canberra ACT 2602 

Telephone 02 6277 7820  Facsimile 02 6273 4140

The Hon Alan Griffin MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


18 December 2008


Today more than 325,000 members of the veteran community receive $407 million in payments

from the Rudd Government.  The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin said the payments

were being made as part of the $10.4 billion Economic Security Strategy (ESS).

“The Rudd Government is committed to ensuring a brighter outlook for pensioners in 2009 by

strengthening and stimulating our economy with payments worth more than $407 million to the

veteran community,” Mr Griffin said.

“These payments build on existing support, provide financial assistance for veterans in the week

before Christmas, and act as a down payment on comprehensive reform of the pension


Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) beneficiaries receive the lump sum payment if they were

eligible for particular payments or concession cards through DVA or Centrelink on 14 October


This includes service pensioners, those receiving income support supplement or age pension

paid by DVA under social security law. These pensioners and those who hold a Commonwealth

Seniors Health Card or are Veterans Gold Card holders eligible for Seniors Concession

Allowance, will receive a one-off lump sum payment of $1,400 for singles and $1,050 each for

eligible member of a couple.

There are other ways members of the veteran community can receive a payment under the

Economic Security Strategy.  For example, a veteran whose child receives a benefit under the

Veterans’ Children Education Scheme will also receive an additional $1000 per child.  Those

caring for a veteran and receiving the Carer’s Allowance from Centrelink, will also receive

$1000 for each eligible person they care for.  

Payments are non taxable and will not be included for income testing purposes.  

For more information about the ESS and payments to veterans, visit

For payment enquiries: 133 254.

Media inquiries only: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109

The VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a

week on 1800 011 046.

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