Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Whether it’s short-term financial assistance to help you get back on your feet, or free advice to help you get all of your entitlements through DVA, we’re here to help our military family through times of financial hardship, regardless of whether you are an RSL member.

Compensation and entitlement advice

Sustaining an injury or illness as a result of your service can have a substantial impact on your future ability to earn an income. Yet the paperwork required to secure your relevant benefits and entitlements can be complex, particularly for those already suffering health issues. Our free support and advice is provided by trained staff who will help you navigate the MRCA, SRCA and VEA legislation to ensure you are receiving your relevant entitlements from DVA.

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veteran services office

Crisis funding

Our staff and Sub Branches can provide small amounts of financial assistance to meet the immediate needs of current and former ADF personnel and their families. This may include buying groceries and basic necessities, providing subsidies (e.g. rent subsidies) and vouchers, and assistance with transport arrangements.
For those who need more substantial help, we assess individual situations and circumstances and determine how best we can support your needs. This may include:
  • Emergency crisis funding
  • Emergency accommodation and respite care
  • Medical, health and nursing expenses
  • Disability/health services medical aids and equipment
  • Special transportation needs
  • Home modifications for disability or health reasons.
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Funeral expenses

Losing a member of our military family hits us all very hard and we consider it our obligation to ensure that sacrifices are remembered, that those who have served are farewelled with respect, and that their service is appropriately recognised. As well as assisting with funeral arrangements; for families in need, RSL also will assist with funeral expenses.
For those who have no known relatives, we arrange a dignified funeral service, attended by RSL representatives, to ensure that no digger is laid to rest alone.
We also actively seek out and give recognition to unmarked graves in which veterans are interred, ensuring descendants have the opportunity to properly lay them to rest.  Request Assistance

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

Bravery Trust

Formerly the ADF Assistance Trust, Bravery Trust assists current and former ADF members and their families who are suffering illness or injury. Financial support is provided for basic living expenses, medical assistance, education, financial counselling, purchase of essential household items and more.

  1300 652 103

Defence Community Organisation

Staffed by social workers, teachers, and Military Support Officers, DCO provides:

  • critical incident support for death or illness of ADF members;
  • short-term counselling and referrals for family and relationship issues;
  • crisis support
  • specialist relocation and posting support - preparing for and making moves, connecting with the community, advice on schools and support available to Defence children
  • deployment and managing absence support-how to assist children and families managing the Defence lifestyle, scheduling of support events
  • advice on DCO National Programs in relation to education assistance, child care, partner employment, community grants
  • support to units on base.
DCO provides a 24 hour emergency hotline for currently serving members and their family.

  1800 624 608 (24 hrs)

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

Legacy Brisbane

Provides a range of support services to the families of veterans who have given their life or their health in service to the Australian Defence force. Legacy’s traditional services are to the families of deceased veterans- supporting widows and their children to move forward with their lives despite the loss of their loved one. Legacy’s family support program provides services for families with an ex-service veteran who has sustained a wound, illness or injury (most commonly PTS) as a result of their service. This program empowers families to re-establish resilience, structure and stability in the face of many challenges. Services include: emotional support and guidance, practical and financial assistance and service coordination, information and referral.

  07 3029 5600