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2015-16 Federal Budget - What does it mean for DVA


The Federal Budget 2015-16 was handed down on Tuesday 12 May and included several new measures for Veterans’ Affairs.

The 2015 Budget delivers more than $12 billion for Veterans’ Affairs, including $6.5 billion for pensions and compensation and $5.5 billion for health care.

The budget also outlined a greater focus on complex case coordination, rehabilitation, reducing claim processing times and improving long-term health impacts through early intervention as key initiatives for DVA.

One of the key measures included in the budget is $10 million to boost the number of case coordinators in DVA.

The increasingly complex nature of claims being made to DVA requires a more tailored approach. This funding will improve the level of support and early intervention assistance provided to an increasing number of veterans with complex needs, particularly those returning from recent conflicts.

A summary of the Veterans’ Affairs Budget is available at


More Anzac Centenary services to be held in Australia

The 2015-16 Federal Budget announced $8.8m over the next four years to enable a small number of key additional domestic services to be added to the Anzac Centenary Programme.

These services will be conducted at National Memorials around Australia and will include commemorations for battles and events across all significant theatres of war including WW1, WW2, Vietnam and Korea.

Additionally, the centenary of the First World War Armistice has been added to the schedule of services and will be the finale service for the Anzac Centenary period. 
The ten domestic services added to the commemorative programme are:

- 75th anniversary of the Battle of Greece and Crete
- 75th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk
- 100th anniversary of the capture of Beersheba
- 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP Day)
- 50th anniversary of the Battle of long Tan (Vietnam Veterans’ Day)
- 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore
- 75th anniversary Battles of Coral/Balmoral
- 75th anniversary of Australian work on Hellfire Pass
- 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
- 100th anniversary of the Armistice

For more information about Anzac Centenary services, news, and anniversaries follow the Anzac Centenary Facebook page at -

Improving how we support veterans getting back to work

Improvements to the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) have been announced as part of the
2015-16 Federal Budget to assist veterans with injuries in returning to work.

DVA knows that many veterans who have been injured, wounded or ill want to get back to work, and this can often be an important part of their recovery process. 
These improvements will allow veterans to take the important first steps to returning to the workforce with the support of the compensation system should they need to take another break from employment.

For more information, including a case study on how the VVRS assisted a 20 year Navy veteran move forward with his life, visit -


Coming in June 2015 - Add all of your honours, awards, and qualifications

The ability to add more than one honour, award, or qualification to a record is one of the most requested enhancements from MyAccount users.

Currently DVA's systems are only able to acknowledge one honour, award, or qualification per client record. When providing their information, clients have to select which one best represents them.

From June 2015 MyAccount users will be able to enter all their honours, awards, and qualifications against their personal details to have them registered in DVA's records.

For example, after hearing that MyAccount users can now add all of their military honours and awards, Les decides he wants to update his DVA records.  When he gets home he logs into his MyAccount and adds his full list of military honours and awards. Additionally, since discharging from the Navy Les has been awarded an Ambulance Service Medal, and has been qualified  as a Justice of the Peace. Les decides to also add these to his DVA record, which now has a complete list of his military and civilian honours, awards, and qualifications.

To start doing your DVA business online, including updating your details to show all military and civilian honours, awards, and qualifications (available from June 2015) call the Veterans' Access Network on 133 254 to get your DVA MyAccount.

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)

A free and confidential counselling service for Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. For more information on VVCS services and eligibility, please visit the VVCS website or phone 1800 011 046.

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