Funder: Federal – Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Grant Background: BEST is intended to assist the veteran and defence communities by providing support and resources to ex-service organisation (ESO) practitioners for pensions, advocacy and/or welfare work.
It assists ESOs by providing a contribution to the work of these practitioners. It does not fully fund an organisation.
The objectives of the program are to assist ESOs to:
- improve the quality of claims received by DVA at the primary determining level;
- reduce the rate of appeals to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT); and/or
- promote the provision of welfare services to the veteran and defence community.