Welfare, Pensions & Advocacy
The New South Wales Branch provides pensions and advocacy support to
veterans of all conflicts, their partners and children, through
State Sub-Branches under the guidance of the
, Ken Foster JP.
No person is authorised to act on behalf of the NSW Branch in the
provision of welfare, pensions or advocacy support unless they:
• are trained to the
appropriate level under the Department of Veterans Affairs Training and
Information Program; (TIP)
• are authorised in
writing by the senior advocate to act on behalf of the Branch at a
• undertake to act in
accordance with the ethical standards imposed by TIP and the Veterans
Indemnity and Training Association (VITA); and
• maintain the
The pension and advocacy service includes that which comes under the
auspices of the Veterans Entitlement Act 1986, the Safety, Rehabilitation
and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) and the Military Rehabilitation and
Compensation Act, 2004 (MRCA).
We offer advice, assistance with claims under these jurisdictions and
advocacy for claims which go before the Veterans Review Board (VRB) and the
Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
Should it be necessary we assist in access to Legal Aid and
representation by Counsel.
The State Branch offers assistance to veterans of Allied Forces from all
conflicts, in obtaining a pension or assistance from the country for which
they served, primarily USA, Great Britain and New Zealand.
The NSW Branch and its Sub-Branches provide an extensive welfare service
to all veterans and war widows. That service assists individuals to
access government and/or community assistance, aged assessment as well as
DVA home care, safety assessment and nursing care where required.
Hospital and home visits by local veterans can also be arranged, as well
as assistance when bereavements occur. Association members will
arrange and/or conduct graveside services appropriate for veterans and
assist in obtaining funeral benefits where an entitlement exists. We
can generally provide some limited guidance as to which local funeral
directors offer veteran-friendly services.
The welfare, pensions oficers and advocates of the NSW Branch are NOT
licenced to provide financial, medical, psychological or psychiatric advice,
however they may, through our extensive community and healthcare networking,
be able to identify but not recommend, providers of such services who are
aware of the special requirements of the veteran and ex-Service community.
It is our first choice to recommend the Veterans and Families Counselling
Service (VVCS, formerly the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service) to our
The philosophy of the State Branch is to consider the broader needs of
the veteran and the family in an holistic approach which seeks to identify
all of the necessary services which the Association will then seek to
coordinate on their behalf.