Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Exempting Disability Payments from Income Testing and Other Measures) Bill 2021

Veterans’ Affairs
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends: nine Acts to: exempt certain payments, known as the adjusted disability pension, from the social security income test; and remove the Defence Force Income Support Allowance; the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 to: remove the disability income rent test; replace references to 'disability pension' with references that clarify the nature of the payment as a compensation payment; and adjust the mechanism for indexation of certain payments; and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 to establish a non-liability rehabilitation pilot to provide veterans with access to rehabilitation support without the requirement to have lodged a compensation claim.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 21 Oct 2021
Second reading moved 21 Oct 2021
Second reading debate 30 Nov 2021
Second reading agreed to 30 Nov 2021
Third reading agreed to 30 Nov 2021
Introduced and read a first time 02 Dec 2021
Second reading moved 02 Dec 2021
Second reading debate 02 Dec 2021
Second reading agreed to 02 Dec 2021
Third reading agreed to 02 Dec 2021
Finally passed both Houses 02 Dec 2021
  • Act no: 142
  • Year: 2021
13 Dec 2021

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