Eligibility criteria for family and dependants

You may be able to get support if you're the spouse, partner, child or dependant of someone with Qualifying Service.

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You may be able to get support from us if you're the spouse, partner, child or dependant of someone with Qualifying Service.

Qualifying Service explained

Support for your family and whānau

How we define certain family members

How we define certain family members is prescribed by the Veterans' Support Act 2014 and our policies.

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How we define 'spouse' and 'partner'

We define a:

  • spouse as a person who is legally married to someone with Qualifying Service, and
  • partner as the civil union or de facto partner of someone with Qualifying Service.
How we define 'child'

We define a child to be, in relation to a person with Qualifying Service:

  • their natural child
  • their adopted child
  • the child of their spouse or partner, or
  • someone they have acted as a parent to.
How we define 'dependant'

We define a dependant to be someone who meets any of the following three circumstances.

Someonenot a spouse, partner, or childwho:

  • is under 18 years of age
  • is wholly or primarily dependent on a person with Qualifying Service for financial support, and
  • ordinarily resides with the person with Qualifying Service.

Someonenot a spouse, partner, or childwho:

  • is 18 years of age or older
  • is under the care of a person with Qualifying Service, and
  • ordinarily resides with the person with Qualifying Service because they are unable to live independently due to impairment, illness or advanced age.

Someone who:

  • is the child of a person with Qualifying Service
  • is 18 years of age or older
  • is under the care of the person with Qualifying Service, and
  • is unable to live independently due to impairment, illness or advanced age.