Cost of Veterans’ Review Board hearings

Last updated: 
22 January 2020

This page gives you information about the costs associated with Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) hearings and whose responsibility they are.

Do I need to pay for a VRB hearing?

There are no charges made by the VRB for a hearing.

Will I need to pay for my legal advice and representation?

You will need to pay the costs of any representation you choose to have at your hearing, including travel costs.

You are also responsible for the expenses of any lawyer you engage to help you prepare your case. Lawyers cannot appear as a representative at a VRB hearing, but can help to prepare a case. For more information, see Who can represent you at VRB hearings

Who covers the cost of obtaining medical evidence?

You can apply to DVA to be reimbursed the costs of obtaining medical evidence (including associated travel costs) in support of your application. Certain conditions apply and you should contact DVA General Enquiries using the details listed under More Information. The VRB is not involved in the processing of these claims.

Am I responsible for my travel expenses?

You can apply to DVA be reimbursed for the cost of some travel expenses. The VRB will tell you more about this when it lets you know the date for your hearing.

More Information

Veterans’ Review Board

Phone: 1800 550 460 *

VRB Email: contact [at]

VRB Website:

* Calls from mobile phones and pay phones may incur additional charges.