Department of Veterans' Affairs

Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is an Australian Government organisation.

DVA provides 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 DVA provides includes:

  • 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.

DVA's 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.

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