The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Payability of DOP


The start day provisions for DOP are covered in 8.3.

DOP is not payable if the DOP child receives an orphan’s pension under Part II or IV of the VEA.

DVA orphan's pension

An applicant must advise Centrelink if the child receives a DVA orphan's pension under the VEA Part II or IV.

An applicant who qualifies for both payments can select which payment they want to receive.

If an applicant chooses to receive DOP from Centrelink, a delegate must tell the applicant that the DVA pension may be more advantageous to them.

Example: The value of the DVA payment or medical treatment provisions may be higher.

Act reference: SSAct section 1003 DOP not payable for child receiving a pension under the Veterans' Entitlements Act

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 Part II, Part IV

Income & assets testing

DOP is not income or assets tested.

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