You may have qualifying service if, as a member of the
Australian Defence Force, you served during World War 1 or World
War 11 or in conflicts at nominated times in Korea, Malaya,
Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Borneo. You could have qualifying
service if you served in certain peacekeeping forces such as
Namibia, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Somalia, the Gulf War region or
Timor. In some circumstances service with a Commonwealth or
allied defence force, or in the merchant navy of some countries,
may give you qualifying service.
A further requirement for qualifying service is that you must
have incurred danger from hostile forces of the enemy during your
service. This is automatically accepted in certain circumstances.
In determining if you have rendered qualifying service a
number of considerations are looked at such as, are you a
veteran, what your qualifying service is. What incurred danger
means. What allotment means.
There are different criteria for qualifying service when
applying for a disability pension and an aged or invalid service
pension. Qualifying service is relevant to an age or invalid
service pension, but not to a disability pension.
If you or your dependants believe you have qualifying service
for a pension or benefit from the Department of Veteran Affairs
contact your local DVA office or ex-service organisation and
complete the form Application to Determine Qualifying Service by
a Veteran or Mariner.
Or visit the Department of Veteran Affairs web site address www.dva.gov.au, go to the facts
sheet and look at IS56
or alternatively visit the VVAA web site address www.vvaa.org.au
and find the relevant fact sheet there.