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Partner Service Pension extension

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 11 Deliver policies and services to address the disproportionate impact of violence on particular groups.

What are we doing?

This initiative aims to remove the inequity between married and de facto partners by extending the Partner Service Pension for 12 months post-separation to all former partners of veterans.

Additionally, this measure allows former partners of veterans to remain on Partner Service Pension after the 12-month period where domestic violence applies, until they enter into a new relationship.

  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $4.9 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund the extension of the Partner Service Pension.

What have we achieved so far?

  • The legislation to support this change passed through Parliament and received Royal Assent on 20 September 2019.

What is next?

  • The Partner Service Pension Extension commences in the third quarter of 2019.

What difference will we make?

  • The Department of Veterans’ Affairs will conduct a post-implementation review to assess the effectiveness of this measure, including examining data on the number of the number of people who benefited as a result of this change.
  • The review will inform potential future policy changes to further support veteran families experiencing domestic violence.

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