DVA Payout Figures – MCRA, DCRA and VEA

As an ADF Veteran dealing with changes to both your health, employment and lifestyle, you’re going to find yourself working with the DVA to process payouts and get the financial support you’re entitled to. DVA Payout figures range across three different payout types, which a Veteran’s DVA claim will be filed under, depending on what eligibility requirements they meet and whether any special circumstances apply for their DVA claim.

DVA Payout Figures for MRCA

One of the DVA Payout figures classifications is the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act payouts, known as MRCA payments. The MRCA aims to provide rehabilitation and compensation coverage for members of the ADF who served on and after the first of July 2004.

The DVA Payout figures for this payment type are as follows:

Permanent Impairment:

For Veterans with a permanent impairment covered under the MRCA, a maximum weekly benefit of $375.80 can be awarded. This payment can be taken weekly or as a lump sum, which is calculated according to age. Additionally, severely impaired Veterans with eligible dependants can be awarded another additional payment of $96,745.46 as a maximum lump sum.

Incapacity for Work:

Incapacity for work payments are organised by percentage of normal earnings for a Veteran. If a Veteran is deemed incapable of work, they are awarded 100% of their normal earnings by the DVA for their first 45 weeks after discharge. After this period they are then awarded 75% of normal earnings and become eligible for a lump sum redemption of $246.86 and renumeration loading of $178.11.

Compensation for Financial and Legal Advice:

For Veterans seeking financial or legal advice the DVA can offer a payout figure of up to $2853.58, intended to remunerate Veterans for any out of pocket legal or financial expense.

Special Rate Disability Pension:

The DVA Payout figures for a special rate disability pension can differ from case to case, but cap off at a maximum of $808.58 per week, before offsets are applied.

DVA Payout Figures for DCRA

Another DVA Payout figures classifications are the Defence Related Claims Act payouts, known as DCRA payments. The DCRA aims to provide rehabilitation and compensation coverage for members of the ADF who suffered injuries and diseases caused by peacetime and peacekeeping service up to and including the 30th of June 2004, as well as operational service between the 7th of April 1994 and the 30th of June 2004.

Permanent Impairment:

For Veterans with a permanent impairment covered under the DCRA, a maximum non-economic loss lump sum benefit of $76,830.30 can be awarded. A veteran can also receive a maximum lump sum payment of $204,880.70, alternatively if appropriate economic circumstances have been met. Additionally, severely impaired Veterans with eligible dependants can be awarded another additional payment of $87,573.61 as a maximum lump sum.

Incapacity for Work:

Similar to MRCA, incapacity for work payments are organised by percentage of normal earnings for a Veteran. If a Veteran is deemed incapable of work, they are awarded 100% of their normal earnings by the DVA for their first 45 weeks after discharge and then 75% following that.

Compensation for Financial and Legal Advice:

For Veterans seeking financial or legal advice the DVA can offer a payout figure of up to $1,846.49, intended to remunerate Veterans for any out of pocket legal or financial expense.

DVA Payout Figures for VEA

The final DVA Payout figures classifications are the Veterans Entitlements Act payouts, known as VEA payments. The VEA aims to provide rehabilitation and compensation coverage for members of the in wartime and certain operational deployments, as well as certain peacetime service between 7 December 1972 and 30 June 2004.

For peacetime service eligibility, a member who had not completed a qualifying period of three years’ service prior to 7 April 1994 is not covered under the VEA, unless they were medically discharged. Additionally, British nuclear test defence service during the 1950’s and 1960’s in Australia is also covered when the relevant criteria are met.

The VEA is structured differently to the two previous DVA Payout Figures classifications and is paid out in the form of a pension, instead of weekly support payments or lump sum payments. Under the VEA instalments are calculated on a daily basis. The daily rate of pension is calculated by dividing the fortnightly rate of pension by 14. From there, the pension instalment is calculated by multiplying the daily rate by the number of days the person is eligible for payment in the fortnight.

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