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Veterans Representation

If you are a returned service person with an injury or health condition that relates to your service, you can submit a claim to access medical care and other support. You may also apply for extra compensation if your injury or health condition caused permanent impairment.

Howden Saggers Lawyers is a preferred supplier listed on the Legal Aid Veterans Affairs Panel. Our consultant, Noel Payne, has a wealth of experience in veterans matters.

Noel is a former RAN senior NCO who served in the Vietnam War and as part of the Far East Strategic Forces. After his separation from the Navy, he pursued a career in business before owning and operating a Thoroughbred Horse stud on Queensland’s Dowling Downs.

In 1996, Noel commenced study with the Training & Information Program (TIP), funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in the areas of Veterans & Defence Entitlements; after completing the full suite of courses on offer, he moved to complete the Tribunal Advocacy Course at the University of Canberra.

Between 1998 and 2005 Noel was a course presenter and coordinator of Veteran entitlements courses with TIP and the DVA. Noel became a consultant to various law practices in 2006, and remains in that role today, with Howden Saggers Lawyers.

Noel is a published writer of an autoreactive work, regarding the Navy’s involvement in the Vietnam War, this publication has been used in Federal and High Court cases; as well as being an invited contributor the Australian Government Publication “Our War – Our Peace”, reflections on the war in Vietnam.

Noel had a nautical work recently published in the UK by the University of Cornwall and by the United States Navy. In 2002 Noel received a Moncrieff Award for his services to military veterans; in 2005 Noel was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for his services to the Naval Association of Australia. Noels other interest through life was sport; in 1986 Noel received an Australia Day Medal for Achievement in Sport.

If you are a returned service person with an injury or health condition that relates to your service, contact us to arrange a consultation with Noel.


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