Productivity Commission seeking veteran support submissions

The Productivity Commission says that Australia’s veteran support system needs fundamental reform.


The system is an outdated, legal and administrative maze which adds to the stress of veterans and is not working in the interest of veterans, their families or the Australian community.


The Commission's inquiry found that while generous (compared to other similar schemes), it is not an effective system.


The “A Better Way to Support Veterans (draft report)” recommends substantial changes to the veteran support system, including:

  • a new independent Veteran Services Commission to administer and oversee the performance of the system
  • Defence taking on more responsibility for veteran policies and transition support, and paying an insurance premium to encourage better prevention of harm and to fund future claims
  • simplifying the system and streamlining the legislation to create two schemes by 2025 and eventually one.


Have your say!

The Productivity Commission is seeking post-draft submissions or comments from interested parties by 11 February 2019.


Watch the video “A better way to support veterans at


Public hearings for this inquiry will be held during February and March 2019 – details are available on The Commissions website -


14 December 2018.