Unit description

Introduces students to the basic principles of eligibility for pension, Commonwealth liability to pay pension and assessment of pension for veterans, including medical concepts and terminology relevant to veterans' claims. Provides students with the ability to assist veterans and their dependants in making claims for pension and preparing applications and written submissions for review of pension decisions.

Unit content

Topic 1 History of veterans' benefits
Topic 2 Administration of veterans' entitlements in Australia
Topic 3 Overview of veterans' entitlements
Topic 4 Eligible service
Topic 5 Claiming a benefit
Topic 6 Commonwealth liability
Topic 7 Onus and standards of proof
Topic 8 Statements of Principles
Topic 9 Pension assessment
Topic 10 Application of the Guide to the Assessment of Rates of Veterans' Pensions

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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