Statistics Veteran Population

DVA Veteran Population
(Receiving benefitsDVA)


581,139 Veterans
84,865 current serving members and 496,276 former serving members

344,588 DVA Total Clients (DVA Site)
250,561 DVA Veterans (DVA Site)

Link to more stats Attribute to ABS 2021 Census

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ACT

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NSW

62,257 DVA Veterans
89,728 DVA Clients

 

18,077 Current Serving Regular
6,506  Current Serving Reserves

127,657 Ex Serving Veterans

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NT

5,960 DVA Veterans
6,250 DVA Clients

3,874 Current Serving Regular
  547  Current Serving Reserves

5,110 Ex Serving Veterans

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QLD

78,808 DVA Veterans
104,252 DVA Clients

16,803 Current Serving Regular
6,339 Current Serving Reserves

139,973 Ex Serving Veterans

5,977 Current Serving Regular
2,084 Current Serving Reserves

14,164 Ex Serving Veterans

11,970 DVA Veterans
13,509 DVA Client

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SA

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TAS

6,166 DVA Veterans
8,973 DVA Clients

290  Current Serving Regular
670 Current Serving Reserves

17,515 Ex Serving Veterans

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VIC

36,590 DVA Veterans
54,580 DVA Clients

6,866 Current Serving Regular
3,973 Current Serving Reserves

94,393 Ex Serving Veterans

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WA

24,205 DVA Veterans
33,516 DVA Clients

4,496 Current Serving Regular
2,413 Current Serving Reserves

55,507 Ex Serving Veterans

3,940 Current Serving Regular
2,053 Current Serving Reserves

41,861 Ex Serving Veterans

24,605 DVA Veterans
33,780 DVA Clients

DVA Receiveing a pension or allowance - Link 

(1) 'Net Total DVA Clients' consists of any person in receipt of a pension/allowance from DVA or who is eligible for treatment or pharamceuticals paid for by DVA

(2) Some clients may be eligible as both a veteran and a dependant.  For this reason total clients may not equal the sum of veterans and dependants.

Statistics as of 1st April 2022, attributed to DVA

As of the 2021 Census, there were 84,865 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.  

Attributed to AIHW   - Link Last updated: 11 Aug 2021 

2021 Australian Census
Attributed to the Australian Bureau of Statistics
Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data 

Key statistics

  • More than half a million Australians (581,139) have served, or are currently serving, in the ADF.

  • There are 84,865 current serving members and 496,276 former serving members.

  • One in twenty (5.3 per cent) of Australian households reported at least one person who had served or is serving in the ADF. 

  • 3,159 (3.7 per cent) of currently serving Australian Defence Force members, and 11,610 (2.3 per cent) of previously served, identify as having Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.

© Commonwealth of Australia

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© Commonwealth of Australia

Australian Bureau of Statistics (Reference period: June 2022 Service with the Australian Defence Force: Census 2021 [URL], ABS Website, accessed 29 June  2022

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Australian Bureau of Statistics (Reference period: June 2022 Service with the Australian Defence Force: Census 2021 [URL], ABS Website, accessed 29 June  2022

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) established a strategic partnership to implement the Veterans’ Health and Welfare: whole-of-population approach program of work (the Work Program).