1.1.D.65 Defence Force Income Support Allowance


Please refer to the definition of this term in the Veterans Entitlement Act 1986. DFISA is paid by DVA.

DFISA may be payable if:

  • the individual or their partner receive an ADP from DVA, and
  • one of them receives or is qualified for a social security pension or benefit, and
  • their rate of social security pension or benefit is reduced (including reduced to nil) by the inclusion of the DVA ADP in the income test.

The amount of DFISA paid will equal the difference between the rate of social security income support payment and the rate of payment the individual would receive if the DVA adjusted disability pension was exempt from the income test but included for RA calculations. DFISA is either taxable income or a tax-free pension or benefit within the definition of 'adjusted taxable income' under the family assistance law.

Act reference: FAAct Schedule 3 clause 2 Adjusted taxable income, Schedule 3 clause 7 Tax free pension or benefit

SSAct section 23(1)-'Defence Force Income Support Allowance or DFISA'

Last reviewed: 1 July 2020