Pensions & Advocacy

Did you know…?

The Sub Branch Advocacy section has a volunteer network of Wellbeing and Compensation Advocates, who are trained, qualified and experienced, to assist serving and former members of the ADF as well as families.  Services include claims for Wellbeing, Compensation, associated allowances and income support payments as well as information on treatment and Rehabilitation and benefits under relevant Commonwealth legislation such as the Veterans’ Entitlement Act 1986, (VEA) the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Defence Related Claims Act), (SRCA/DRCA), and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004, (MRCA).

Advocates are qualified under the Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) competency based training system.  Advocated are authorised to assist all members of the veteran community and their families who are eligible for the above services including the preparation and lodgement of claims and applications for an increase in benefits.

Advocates, in addition to the provision of the services listed above, have the skills and expertise to prepare applications for review by the Veterans’ Review Board.  This entails the preparation of written submissions to the Board and representation along with the veteran at the Veterans’ Review Board Hearing.  An integral responsibility of the Advocate’s role is the Mentoring of candidates under training.  The services provided by Advocates are all provided at no cost to the applicant.

Persons seeking assistance with their claims or Advocacy representation should contact the Sub Branch to make an appointment for interview, either by phone on (07) 3359 0460 or by email at  If there are circumstances where a visit to the Sub Branch is not feasible, a home visit may be arranged.