Links to Overseas Veteran Affairs
Australian Veteran Travelling or living overseas
DVA Health Card arrangements are primarily designed to support entitled persons seeking treatment within the Australian health care system. If you are travelling overseas, there are varying arrangements you may be able to access for necessary treatment for your accepted conditions.
The rules for travelling outside Australia vary according to your payments or concession card. Some payments or concession cards will automatically stop as soon as you leave the country, and may reinstate upon your return. Income support payments such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, Austudy, Sickness Allowance, Dad and Partner Pay and Parental Leave Pay will stop when you leave unless you have approval to travel temporarily with these payments.
You can get help with costs for medically necessary care when you visit any of those countries.
This includes: emergency care, and care for an illness or injury that can’t wait till you get home. You still need to get your own travel health insurance.
Which payments are affected by travelling or living outside Australia - Services Australia:
Services Australia will pay your pension differently if you live outside Australia on a permanent or long-term basis.
International Veterans joining the ADF
Current and ex-serving members of foreign defence forces who are interested in a new career and a new life in Australia.
The Department of Home Affairs is the official source of information regarding moving to and setting in Australia, living and working in Australia. An excellent starting point is Beginning a Life in Australia, a booklet for migrants available to download in English and 37 other languages.