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VETERANS' ENTITLEMENTS ACT 1986 - SECT 100

Funeral benefits--dependants of deceased veterans

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a dependant (other than a reinstated pensioner) of a deceased veteran, being:

                              (i)  a veteran whose death was war-caused; or

                             (ii)  a veteran who, immediately before his or her death, was being paid pension under Part II as a veteran to whom section 24 applied; or

                            (iii)  a veteran who, immediately before his or her death, was being paid pension under Part II at a rate that had been increased under section 27 by reason that the veteran was incapacitated from a war-caused injury or a war-caused disease of a kind described in item 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 in the table in subsection 27(1); or

                     (b)  a reinstated pensioner;

has died in indigent circumstances, the Commission may grant a benefit, called funeral benefit, towards the funeral expenses incurred in respect of the funeral of the dependant.

Note:          See sections 111 and 113 for the making of an application for a funeral benefit under this subsection.

          (1A)  The Commission may grant a benefit towards the funeral expenses incurred in respect of a person's funeral if:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  the person was a wholly dependent partner of a deceased member; or

                             (ii)  the person was both an eligible young person, and a dependant of a deceased member, immediately before the member's death; and

                     (b)  the person died in indigent circumstances; and

                     (c)  section 12 of the MRCA applies in respect of the member.

Note:          Expressions used in this subsection have the same meanings as they have in the MRCA (see subsection (4)).

             (2)  A funeral benefit under this section in respect of a deceased dependant of a deceased veteran is a sum of $2,000 or an amount equal to the amount paid or payable in respect of the funeral of the deceased dependant, whichever is less.

             (3)  In subsection (2), the amount paid or payable in respect of the funeral of a deceased dependant means, in a case where the dependant was, immediately before his or her death, a member of a contributory funeral benefit fund, the amount by which the cost of the funeral exceeds the amount of the benefit payable from that fund in relation to the deceased dependant.

             (4)  Expressions used in subsection (1A) have the same meanings as they have in the MRCA.



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