Australian Government - Department of Defence - Department of Veteran's Affairs

Qualify and accrue service credit 

Eligibility for DHOAS reflects the Scheme’s goal of promoting service recruitment and retention in the ADF. 

To access DHOAS benefits you need to have completed the following service requirements, in addition to meeting the conditions of the Scheme: 

  • A minimum qualifying period of effective service, followed by… 
  • Additional service to accrue entitlement to DHOAS, which is known as a service credit.  

Click here for an overview of the steps involved in determining your eligibility and entitlement to DHOAS.

If you are or have been a Reservist, or you are transferring to the Reserves, please see Important Information – Reserves for a definition of effective Reserve service, under the DHOAS Act.