Help with DVA Claims

Help with DVA Claims

The RSL operates with a simple goal – Its vision is to ensure that all current and former service personnel and their families who are in need of assistance get the support they need.

The RSL has a very long history of assisting those who have suffered injury or a medical condition as a result of their service, including advocating on behalf of the service person to ensure they are fairly compensated for the impact the condition has on their ongoing quality of life.  

We understand the complexities around the three main Acts of Parliament which apply to veteran entitlements, how they relate to your individual circumstances, and the processes involved in securing income support payments, compensation payments, health cards (white and gold cards) and other measures to support rehabilitation. 
The RSL operates with a simple goal – Its vision is to ensure that all current and former service personnel and their families who are in need of assistance get the support they need.

Preparing your claim

We encourage anyone who has sustained illness or injury as a result of their service to document their claims as early as possible and to do this with the assistance of an experienced specialist. RSL has a large number of paid staff and volunteer members across the State who are highly trained and know the ins-and-outs of the DVA claims process and how to gather the details required to lodge successful claims.  Many of our paid staff and all of our volunteer members are former servicemen and women, who not only understand the unique circumstances of military life, but can apply their knowledge from previous claims to ensure you get the compensation and benefits to which you are entitled.  Of equal importance is our network of welfare staff and volunteers, who can provide you invaluable emotional support both during and after the claims process.
 

Advocacy for unsuccessful DVA claims

If your DVA claim has been unsuccessful, you may be able to appeal to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB). RSL Advocates will provide advice and assistance with the appeals process.  They will research your entitlements, review your claim paperwork to determine if there are any errors or omissions, assist in gathering additional evidence, and help with VRB hearings.

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More Help? Here are more support options available to you.

Defence Force Welfare Association

Principal roles are to:

  • Advocating improved ‘pay and conditions of service’ for serving ADF members and their families;
  • Campaigning for fair and equitable treatment, and for fair retirement benefits for all ADF and former ADF members;
  • Providing Advocacy Services for serving/retired members who have a claim for superannuation, compensation and veterans’ entitlement matters.

  07 3233 4480 (answering machine)
  www.dfwa.org.au


Department of Veterans' Affairs

Services include pensions and compensation, health care, rehabilitation, counselling services, transition support, home care assistance, and subsidised housing loans.

  133 254
  www.dva.gov.au


Naval Association of Australia

Aims to provide representation to government on veterans issues, advisory and counselling services, and crisis support and assistance.

  0409 623 239
  www.navalassoc.org.au


RAAF Association Queensland

The association aims to foster friendship based on sharing Air Force and aviation experience. To achieve this aim it provides social activities, welfare, support of commemorative events and advice on aviation history. It also provides for the welfare of members through advice, liaison and representation.

  07 5428 7305
  www.raafa.org.au


RAR Association

Supports past and present infantry servicemen who have served in or are currently serving in an Infantry Battalion of the Regiment through social activities, promoting the health and welfare of members and a 'care watch' program to watch over sick members or their family members.  RAR also have Welfare Support Officers who are knowledgeable of legislation and connect members with relevant ESOs to help them.
supports past and present infantry servicemen who have served in or are currently serving in an Infantry Battalion of the Regiment through social activities, promoting the health and welfare of members and a 'care watch' program to watch over sick members or their family members.  RAR also have Welfare Support Officers who are knowledgeable of legislation and connect members with relevant ESOs to help them.
 

  07 3332 5371
  www.rar.org.au


TPI Federation

Provides members with welfare support and ensures member concessions are not depleted.

  07 5570 3428
  www.tpifed.org.au


Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia

Provides advocacy, pension and welfare support to Defence and Ex-Defence Personnel along with camaraderie and events. VVAA Qld also provides two emergency accommodation facilities: Remembrance House (Burpengary) and Zac’s Place (Townsville).

  http://vvaaqueensland.asn.au/