DVA Non-Liability Health Care Treatment (NLHC)

The Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs can pay for treatment for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and alcohol and substance abuse irrespective of when or where a current or former permanent member of the Australian Defence Force served or the type of service.

Treatment is available for as long as it is needed – just follow the steps in the diagram below.

What is NLHC?

Treatment for a range of mental health conditions without needing to prove that your service caused the condition.

This includes access to treatment through a DVA White Card from:

General Practitioners

Medical Specialists


Occupational Therapists

Social Workers

Hospital Services



Specialist PTSD Programs

The White Card also provides access to counselling through the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS), and may entitle you to the Veterans Supplement, currently $6.20 per fortnight.

Who can access NLHC?

Once this measure takes effect, NLHC will be available to anyone with any period of continuous fulltime service in the ADF, with one of the mental health conditions covered.

The conditions are:

  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • alcohol use disorder
  • substance use disorder

How can I access NHLC?


To find out more, please contact DVA
wvnaphone 133 254 or 1800 555 254 (regional callers)       wvna_email NLHC@dva.gov.au     or download a form:

Download Form D9213 – Application for Health Care for Certain Mental Health Conditions

*Currently, you need to fill in an application form.

In future, you won’t have to fill in a form, and you may be able to provide some of the information DVA needs at a later stage, after your treatment has commenced.

What else do I need to know?

If you aren’t already known to DVA, you may need to provide proof of identity and bank account details.

DVA Fact Sheet