New tax offset for some veterans affected by the Douglas decision
Veterans who are entitled to the new Veterans’ superannuation (invalidity pension) tax offset (VSTO) will have their affected tax return/s amended by the ATO and be issued an amended notice of assessment.  
 The ATO advises that veterans do not need to do anything different. Include your military invalidity pension payment amounts in your tax return at question 8 ‘Australian superannuation lump sum payments’, and they will do the rest. 
 The Veterans’ superannuation (invalidity pension) tax offset (VSTO) removes the additional tax some veterans would pay because of the Douglas decision. The Douglas decision covers invalidity pensions paid to veterans under the MSBS (Military Super Benefit Scheme) or DFRDB (Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits) scheme that commenced on or after 20 September 2007.
 The ATO is sending letters to veterans who are entitled to a VSTO amount greater than $0 and have lodged their 2020–21 and/or 2021–22 income year tax returns. They are advising that they are amending their tax returns to apply the new tax offset.  
 When you lodge tax returns in the future, the ATO will treat your invalidity pension as a super lump sum. If you are entitled to a VSTO amount, the ATO will calculate it for you and apply it to your tax return. 
 The ATO says it is committed to amending prior year tax returns as quickly as possible.  
You can get the latest information about the Douglas decision and the VSTO on the ATO’s website at

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Joint Media Release - Prime Minister and Minister Keogh - Commemorative medallion to mark 50 years since the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War
Department of Veterans Affairs


29 March 2023
 Today, the Prime Minister and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs launched a commemorative medallion to honour those who served in the Vietnam War.

The medallion is a small but meaningful way to honour the service of Vietnam veterans and to recognise the sacrifice of those who never returned home and that of their families.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Some 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War, more than 3,000 were wounded and 523 tragically lost their lives. We must honour those who served and the families that support them.

The medallions are available for every veteran, and can be applied for by Vietnam War veterans, widows of veterans and other family members of veterans.

The launch of the medallions continues the Australian Government’s recognition of this significant anniversary throughout 2023, culminating in a national commemorative service on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August 2023.

For more details on the commemorative medallion, including how to apply, or for more information about the other commemorative events planned, visit the DVA website:

Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese:
“This year, as we mark 50 years since the role of Australian troops in the hostilities in Vietnam came to a close, let us acknowledge your service and sacrifice.”
“Your experiences during and after the war are a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served our country and the debt of gratitude we owe each and every one of you.”
“These medallions are a small but meaningful way to honour your service - to recognise the sacrifice of those who never returned home, and of those who did, and endure the scars of service.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh:
“This was a war that was at times contentious at home, and for some veterans their service not recognised as it should have been.
“To each and every one of our Vietnam veterans: We honour you. We thank you.

DVA Media: 
Authorised by The Hon Matt Keogh MP.
Affected by the Douglas decision? The ATO may send you a letter
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is sending letters to some veterans who are affected by the Douglas Full Federal Court decision for the 2010-11 to 2019-20 income years. This covers invalidity pensions paid to veterans under the MSBS (Military Super Benefit Scheme) or DFRDBS (Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme) that commenced on or after 20 September 2007.
The ATO says that over 2,500 veterans have asked to have their prior year assessments amended since this Court decision. Most of these veterans have received tax refunds.
The ATO is sending letters to veterans who have not yet requested a review for prior years. If you have not yet had your amendments done, your letter will be issued in the coming months. The ATO urges veterans to be patient as there are many people to contact.
The letters will include a brief form to complete and a reply-paid envelope. Veterans should consider their personal circumstances and if they want to participate in the ATO’s review process.
If you use a tax agent, the ATO will let them know they are sending you a letter. This will make it easier if you need to call your agent about the letter.
The ATO says it is committed to finalising reviews as quickly as possible, but each person’s circumstances are different. It may take a while to determine any refund owing to you, but they will keep you informed along the way.
You can get the latest information about the Douglas decision and the simplified review process on the ATO’s website at

Downsizer contributions for individuals:

Check your eligibility to make a downsizer contribution, how much you can contribute and how to make a contribution.
Published: 15/12/2022


Downsizing contributions into superannuation:

If you have reached the eligible age, you may be able to contribute up to $300,000 from the proceeds of the sale (or part sale) of your home into your superannuation fund.

Published: 15/12/2022


Also on DVA Website

Supporting veterans to downsize their homes
6 January 2023
The Australian Government is making it easier for veterans and their partners who receive income support payments to sell and buy a new home.
From 1 January 2023 onwards new rules apply when you are selling your principal home and using the proceeds to buy a new one. For eligible veterans and war widows, the proceeds from the sale of their principal home will be exempt from assets testing for up to 24 months, to give them more time to purchase or build a new home.  Additionally, the proceeds from the sale will be deemed to be earning income at the lower rate of 0.25 per cent.
These changes will make it easier for eligible veterans and their families to downsize their homes by reducing the impact of selling and buying on their income support payment rates.
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Minister Keogh - Government Seeks Your Feedback on Veterans' Legislative Reform



17 OCTOBER 2022
Government seeks your feedback on veterans’ legislative reform
Consultation on reforming veterans’ legislation has commenced today with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) seeking submissions from the community.
The Australian Government recently agreed to Recommendation 1 of the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide Interim Report, which called for the development and passage of legislation to simplify and harmonise the framework for veterans’ compensation, rehabilitation and other entitlements.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the Hon. Matt Keogh said the Government is determined to deliver on its commitment to implement this recommendation in accordance with the timeline set out by the Royal Commission.
“The existing legislative framework is too complex, making it challenging for the department to process claims and difficult for veterans to access the services and support they need,” Mr Keogh said.
A significant investigation of the legislative framework has already been completed by the Productivity Commission in its 2019 inquiry report A Better Way to Support Veterans. The Royal Commission identified recommendations in this report for the Government to consider as part of this reform process and we are now seeking feedback on both the recommendations made by the Productivity Commission and the Royal Commission in relation to legislative reform.
“This is an important opportunity for the community to share their views on how we can improve the legislation in line with the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s report.
“I encourage current serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force, family members, ex-service organisations, medical providers and others who interact with the veteran and family system to share their views.”
Those wishing to provide feedback can do so, anonymously if they wish, by 14 November 2022 at 

Authorised by The Hon Matt Keogh MP.

Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2020 at 09:20
Subject: Information: Bushfire Crisis - Update [SEC=OFFICIAL]

Dear ESORT members,
Given the ongoing nature of the bushfires and the impact on many regions, DVA is providing a further update for ESOs.
We recognise that the recent bushfires have had a devastating impact on local communities, but it is important that the ongoing support to veterans’ organisations and the community continues.
A new grant round of the Building Excellence in Support and Training (BEST) program has opened for applications today and closes at 11:00 pm (AEDT) on 17 February 2020.
If your organisation has been impacted by these bushfires, and you think it may affect you in lodging your application for a BEST grant, please contact the Community Grants Hub as soon as possible on 1800 020 283 or for help with your application.
The priority for many authorities and communities is of course the ongoing fire-fighting, containment and recovery operations, and a reminder from my email last week that DVA will continue to provide services and assistance to members of the veteran and defence communities.

Health and Financial support:
If you or members of your organisation need further support from DVA during this difficult time, please visit the DVA website ( for information on the disaster assistance services offered. The Open Arms counselling service is also available 24/7 to veterans and their families (contact 1800 011 046).
DVA services and support:
Veterans and their families can access DVA’s Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) for assistance on 1800 555 254 for a wide range of issues, including replacement of aids and appliances, ensuring availability of pharmaceuticals, and arranging transportation to medical appointments.
If any other services or support you receive from the Department are impacted by the fires, or if you need extra support in requesting these services, you can call 1800 555 254 for assistance.

Veterans’ Home Care: 
Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) program clients affected by fires should contact their service providers or assessment agency to re-establish disrupted services.  Eligible, affected veterans who need new services or services in a new location should contact their assessment agency.  VHC Assessment Agencies may be contacted on 1300 550 450.
Defence Service Homes Insurance Scheme (DSHI):
With ongoing bushfires across the country DSHI is committed to assisting our policyholders. In an emergency dial 000. Always follow the advice and direction of emergency services. If you need to make a claim due to bushfire damage, please contact us as soon as you’re safe and able to do so. Our team will be able to help you manage your claim. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, if you are impacted please contact us on 1300 552 662.
National Bushfire Recovery Agency:
The Prime Minister has announced the establishment a new agency with an initial $2 billion for a national bushfire recovery fund to coordinate a national response to rebuild communities and livelihoods after the devastating fire-front has passed. More information can be found at:
Mark Cormack
Acting Secretary
7 January 2020

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