Special Rate Pension (T & PI)
Special Rate Pension is also know as the Totally and
Permanently Incapacitated Pension (T & PI).
It compensates disability pensioners who are unable to work
because of their accepted disabilities. The pension is
non-taxable and is not subject to a means test.
To be eligible, a veteran must be:
- in receipt or 70% or more of the General Rate disability
- unable to work more than eight (8) hours per week
because of his or her accepted disabilities, and those
- be suffering a loss of income that would not otherwise
be lost; and
- be under 65 years of age.
There are special rules for granting the pension to a veteran
who is 65 years or older in recognition that this is normally
considered retirement age.
To be eligible for the T & PI pension, the veteran must
meet a number of tests as contained in Sections 24 and 25 of the
The DVA has guidelines for assessing eligibility for T &
PI. These are not directives and are not to be used instead
of the proper application of the law, but they are there to
assist in applying the law.
Test one covers permanency - is the degree of
incapacity permanent, and will it be likely to continue
Test two determines if the veteran's incapacity from
accepted disabilities of itself alone renders the
veteran permanently incapable of undertaking remunerative work
for periods aggregating more than 8 hours per week.
Test three ascertains whether it is the veteran's
accepted disabilities alone that are the reasons preventing them
from continuing to undertake remunerative work and as a result
they are losing salary, wages or earnings.
Test four applies to a veteran who has passed all the
- must be found to be suffering a loss of salary, wages or
earnings on his or her own account; and
- the loss must be one that the veteran would not
otherwise be suffering.
We strongly recommend that if you are going to make a
disability claim or an increase in disability claim you consult
an ex-service organisation, (that you have confidence in), who
have pension officers that have competed the Training
Information Program, (TIP).
For further information on applying for the Special Rate
Pension, contact your nearest DVA office or visit their web site
at www.dva.gov.au and look up
fact sheet DP29.
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia can assist any
veteran of any conflict by providing advice and
assistance in regard to all pensions matters. Simply
contact your nearest sub-branch.