Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is responsible for providing a range of programs of care, compensation, income support and commemoration for the veteran and defence force communities and their families. We provide support and information for:

  • veterans and their dependants
  • Australian Defence Force personnel
  • war widows/widowers
  • Australian participants in British Nuclear Tests in Australia
  • members of the Australian Federal Police, and 
  • students, teachers and historians.

The services we provide include:

  • pensions and compensation
  • health care
  • rehabilitation
  • counselling services
  • help for servicemen and women returning to civilian life
  • commemorative and community grants
  • home care assistance
  • subsidised loans for housing and other housing-related benefits
  • commemorative activities, and 
  • historical information.

Our commemorations program promotes understanding of Australia’s wartime history and the significance of national events such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans’ Day.