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The exact number of Australian veterans is unknown.
Based on self-reported data from the 2017–18 NHS, it is estimated that a total of 713,600 Australians aged 18 years and over had served in the ADF. Of these, 612,900 (86%) were males and 100,700 (14%) females. Of the males who had ever served in the ADF, 133,600 (21.8%) perceived themselves to be clients of DVA and 482,900 (78.8%) considered themselves to be non-DVA clients. By comparison, 8.5 million males aged 18 years and over had never served in the ADF. These estimates exclude people living in non-private dwellings at the time of the survey—such as hospitals, nursing homes (residential aged care facilities) and single quarters of military establishments—and therefore does not capture segments of the permanent, reserves and ex-serving population, including both DVA and non-DVA clients.
Figures 1 and 2 show age distributions by ADF service status and DVA client status:
* A statistically significant difference between men who have served in the ADF and men who have not served in the ADF, calculated using the confidence interval of the difference between the two proportions.
1. Results have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data.
2. Proportions have been calculated using weighted estimates.
3. The thin vertical lines superimposed over the top end of each bar are 95% confidence intervals.
Source: ABS 2018. Microdata: National Health Survey, 2017–18. ABS cat. no. 4324.0.55.001. Findings based on TableBuilder analysis. Canberra: ABS. See Health of veterans: supplementary data tables – Table S1.
* A statistically significant difference between men who have served in the ADF and were DVA clients, and men who have ever served in the ADF and were not DVA clients, calculated using the confidence interval of the difference between the two proportions.
Reserves include all members (Service Categories 5, 4 and 3) and Reservists undertaking continuous full-time service (Service Option C). This does not include Service Category 2. For more information see Defence 2021.
Individuals receiving DVA pensions can also be employed on reserve contracts.
AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) (2021) Serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who have served since 1985: population characteristics 2019, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 11 May 2022.
Defence (Department of Defence) (2021) Department of Defence annual report 2020–21, Department of Defence, Australian Government, accessed 11 May 2022.
DVA (Department of Veterans’ Affairs) (2021) Department of Veterans’ Affairs annual report 2020–21, DVA, Australian Government, accessed 11 May 2022.
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