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Defence Families

Defence Families

Eligibility for DVA Respite Care

All veterans of the Australian defence forces who are holders of Gold and White Cards and their war widows or widowers may receive respite care, funded through DVA, where approved by a Veterans Home Care assessment agency. Partners and carers may benefit from in-home respite care if they are caring for an eligible veteran or war widow or widower.

To arrange a VHC assessment: 1300 550 450 (local call)

For general enquiries: 133 254 (local call)

In-Home Respite Care

In-home respite care can be arranged for a few hours on a regular basis or for several days at a time. It can be used by veterans and war widows or widowers who are carers themselves (ie caring for another person) as well as by carers of veterans and war widows or widowers.

Financial Assistance for DVA Respite Care

In any one financial year, DVA may pay for up to 28 days (196 hours) of in-home or residential respite care, or a combination of both. Seven hours in-home respite is equivalent to one day in a residential respite facility. Any additional costs, such as pharmaceutical items, telephone calls or additional days will have to be met by the veteran or war widow or widower.

Defence Special Needs Support Group

Defence Special Needs Support Group (DSNSG) provide a number of respite options to uniformed fullt-time Defence families who have a child with Special Needs. Please ring Margaret on 1800 037 674  Web: