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DFWA National Newsletter March 2022

National Newsletter – March 2022

In this edition: Budget 2022 • Fair Indexation of Defence Force Superannuation Pensions • Veteran Families Study • Public Trustee • Senator Kitching • Mefloquine and Tafenoquine • Update on Taxation of DFRDB and Military Super Invalidity Benefits • Royal Commission Update

DFWA National Newsletter January 2022

National Newsletter – January 2022

In this edition: Free Rapid Antigen Tests for Veteran Card Holders • Taxation of Veteran Invalidity Benefits • Senate Committee Interim Report – Australia’s Engagement in Afghanistan • Paying for Veteran Healthcare • Royal Commission Update

Accessing Free Rapid Antigen Tests

From 24 January, veterans can access free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). This scheme is available to all holders of eligible Australian Government concession cards, including Department of Veteran’s Affairs Gold, White or Orange Cards. You can access up to 10 RATs over a 3 month period.

Disability Superannuation Benefits

If you are receiving a Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) or Military Super (MSBS) Class A or B Invalidity Benefit, you may be able to pay less tax if you have your benefits classified as Disability Superannuation Benefits. In some cases, the tax savings are substantial.

Proposed Legislation Reversing the Decision in Douglas v Commissioner of Taxation

The government intends to introduce legislation to reverse the Federal Court decision in Douglas. The intention is to ensure that no veteran is worse off because of Douglas; however, this is a complex matter that needs scrutiny. DFWA and other ESOs will absolutely oppose any legislative change that removes any tax or other benefits flowing from the decision in Douglas, particularly in relation to pensions classed as Disability Superannuation Benefits.