If a claim for a Disability Pension or War Widow(er) Pension is rejected, applicants can appeal to the Veterans' Review Board.
Other decisions relating to the Disability Pension can also be reviewed by the Board, such as those relating to (but not limited to):
- whether or not a person is a veteran;
- whether or not a disability is war-caused or defence-caused;
- the diagnosis or date of the disability;
An application to the Board for review of a decision relating to the Disability Pension or War Widow(er) Pension must in most circumstances be made within 3 months of receipt of the original decision. Applications for review can be made by completing a Veterans' Review Board Application for Review Form, available online via the Department of Veterans' Affairs website or the Veterans' Review Board website. A copy of the form can also be requested by telephoning the Department of Veterans' Affairs on 1800 555 254.
An avenue of appeal of a decision of the Veterans' Review Board lies to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT). Legal advice should be sought before commencing any AAT appeal, as fees may apply and there may be strict time frames in which to lodge an appeal.
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