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Please contact our experienced funeral directors on how you can apply and gain assistance from DVA to cover funeral expenses. We have a form below you can complete and request a call back.

Veterans can get assistance from DVA to cover funeral expenses. To see if you are eligible you can contact DVA on 1800 555 254 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday

When can funeral expenses be paid?

Compensation can be awarded for the cost(s) of the funeral of a deceased member if:

  • liability for the deceased member or former member’s death has been accepted under the MRCA;
  • the deceased member received the Special Rate Disability Pension (SRDP) or was eligible to receive the SRDP during some period of his or her life; or
  • the deceased member was entitled to the maximum rate of permanent impairment compensation for accepted conditions immediately before his or her death (i.e. assessed at 80 or more impairment points).

To apply, please fill out DVA Form D2053 and return to DVA.

*Note:- The ADF currently meets all costs of a military funeral of ADF members who die while still serving. If the cost of a member’s funeral is met by the ADF, no funeral expenses are payable under the MRCA.

Who receives the payment for funeral expenses?

Funeral expenses can be paid under the MRCA directly to the person who made the claim (including the deceased’s dependant or legal personal representative). If the funeral expenses have not been paid, the MRCA provides that funeral expenses up to the maximum amount payable can be awarded to the person or company which is conducting, or which conducted, the funeral.

For information regarding the maximum amount payable, refer to Compensation payment rates for MRCA.