THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
20 September 2011
Some 320,000 veterans, partners and war widows and widowers will now receive increased pensions and income support payments from 20 September 2011, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon announced today.
Mr Snowdon said the increase was part of the bi-annual pension indexation process and will help to support veterans and provide extra assistance to those who need it most.
“The indexation reforms introduced by this Government have delivered a fairer pension system for our veteran community and will help them to meet the increasing costs of living,” he said.
This increase will affect all DVA pensions, including the Service Pension, War Widow Pension and Disability Pension. The first full payments under the new rates will take place on 6 October 2011. The table below highlights the changes to some of the key rates per fortnight.
|Pension||Old Rate||New Rate 20 September||Increase|
|Service Pension—couples||$1,099.40 couple$549.70 each||$1,129.00 couple$564.50 each||$29.60$14.80|
|War Widow Pension||$738.70||$758.70||$20.00|
|Income Support Supplement||$220.80||$226.80||$6.00|
|Special Rate (TPI) Pension||$1,113.70||$1,143.80||$30.10|
|Intermediate Rate Disability Pension||$755.80||$776.30||$20.50|
|Extreme Disablement Adjustment||$614.80||$631.50||$16.70|
|100 per cent General Rate of Disability||$395.70||$406.40||$10.70|