2018/2019 Budget

 

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

 

Australian War Memorial — digitisation and sustainment program

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Australian War Memorial 4.1 4.1 1.6 1.6
Related Capital ($m)
Australian War Memorial 1.7

The Government will provide an additional $13.1 million over four years from 2018-19 to enhance the Australian War Memorial’s (AWM) digitisation program and support the delivery of its core activities.

This measure will increase the rate of the preservation of the AWM National Collection, focusing on objects which are at significant risk of deterioration in the short term. Funding will also be provided to assist the AWM in sustaining its operational functions in line with the current higher demand for its services.

 

Delivering Australia’s Digital Future — Veteran Centric Reform — continuation

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Department of Veterans Affairs 71.1 -9.2 -13.2 -14.2
Department of Human Services 53.5 5.2 5.3 5.3
Department of Finance 0.1
Total – Expense 124.7 -3.9 -7.9 -8.9
Related Capital ($m)
Department of Human Services 7.9
Total Capital 7.9

The Government will provide an additional $111.9 million over four years from 2018-19 to continue to transform and improve veterans’ services to more effectively and efficiently meet the current and future needs of veterans and their dependants. This measure includes:

  • improving access to veterans’ services by enhancing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) ICT systems, which support veterans’ income support payments and claims; and
  • enhancing DVA business operations and processes to further support veterans’ claims processing and improve the delivery of health and community services to provide more targeted and efficient services to veterans and their dependants.

This measure builds on the 2017-18 Budget measure titled Veteran Centric Reform.

 

Improved Dental and Allied Health

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 1.1 -17.2 -13.8 -10.7

 The Government will achieve efficiencies of $40.7 million over four years from 2018-19 by ensuring that allied health services are better targeted and delivered when needed. This measure will implement a new ‘treatment cycle’ model of service, ensuring General Practitioners are better connected with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ clients and will improve the quality of service to clients. This measure also reflects an update to contemporary treatment standards, such as physiotherapy items.

 

Long Tan Bursary — extension of eligibility

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.The Government will extend eligibility for the Long Tan Bursary scheme, which provides financial assistance to eligible children of Australian Vietnam veterans to meet the cost of post-secondary education, to include the grandchildren of these veterans.

 

Mental Health Treatment for Australian Defence Force Reservists with Disaster Relief and Certain Other Service

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.3
Department of Health
Total – Expense 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.3
Related capital ($m)
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.9

This measure builds on the 2017-18 Budget measure titled Mental Health Treatment for Current and Former Members of the Australian Defence Force — expanded access.The Government will provide an additional $2.2 million over four years from 2018-19 to extend access to mental health services, provided to current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members on a non-liability basis, to include ADF reservists with part-time disaster relief and border protection service, or who have been involved in a serious training accident.

 

Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — new listings and price amendments

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The new listings and price amendments have been recommended by the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Reference Committee, which advises on the clinical appropriateness of items to be made available under the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.The Government will provide $86,000 over four years from 2018-19 for new listings and additional brands on the Repatriation Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (the Schedule), and for price amendments for a range of medicines which are already listed on the Schedule.

 

Support for Veterans through Improved Compensation Arrangements

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 3.1 3.9 4.1 4.1
Related Capital ($m)
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.9

$10.8 million to pilot a rehabilitation program where incapacity payments to eligible former members of the Australian Defence Force completing studies, as part of a return to work rehabilitation plan, are maintained at 100 per cent of their normal earnings for the duration of their period of study; andThe Government will provide $16.1 million over four years from 2018-19 in additional support for veterans receiving compensation payments including:

  • $5.3 million to maintain provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 by not proceeding with unlegislated measures announced in the 2015-16 Budget.

 

Support Veterans’ Employment Opportunities — continuation

Expense ($m) 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 1.9 1.5 1.7 0.9
Related Capital ($m)
Department of Veterans’ Affairs 2.4

This measure includes $4.0 million for:The Government will provide an additional $8.3 million over four years from 2018-19 to support veterans to successfully gain civilian employment.

  • ongoing support to the Industry Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment established in 2017-18;
  • additional funding for the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program which includes annual awards to recognise work done by small, medium and large businesses to employ veterans; and
  • establishment of a framework to assist businesses to publicly commit to support the employment of veterans and the spouses of serving Australian Defence Force members.

This measure also includes $4.3 million to fund additional services to assist eligible ex-service men and women who are finding the transition to the civilian workforce challenging.

This measure builds on the 2017-18 Budget measure titled Supporting Veterans’ Employment Opportunities.