Claiming Disability Support Pension
Before you start
Check if you are eligible for Disability Support Pension before you start your claim.
Intent to claim
You should register an intent to claim for Disability Support Pension as soon as possible. This will help you get paid from the earliest possible date.
You can register your intent to claim by phone or in person at your nearest service centre.
The Australian Government announced that from 1 January 2015 there will be changes to the Disability Support Pension claiming process. These changes will be rolled out gradually and, by 1 July 2015, will apply to all new Disability Support Pension claims. This will impact people differently depending on their age and where they live.
Print and complete the claim forms that best suit your circumstances.
If you do not have access to a printer, call us on 132 717 and we can send one to you.
Supporting forms and documentation
You may need to complete some additional forms. This will help us accurately assess your claim, based on your and your partner's personal circumstances. Please return these within 14 days or contact us for more time.
You will be required to provide specific medical evidence. Find out more about medical evidence and assessment.
|If you||Complete this form|
|have evidence that you have actively participated in a Program of Support||Participation in a Program of Support|
|are self-employed or involved in a business||Business details|
|have involvement in a private company||Private company details|
|have involvement in a private trust||Private trust details|
|currently pay rent where you live||Rent Certificate|
|are permanently blind||Request for ophthalmologist/optometrist report|
|are a resident in Australia or another country||Residence in Australia and other countries|
|have separated from your partner since you last claimed a payment or service||Separation details|
|are under 18 and it is unreasonable for you to live at home||Unreasonable to live at home details|
|have received compensation or damages||Compensation and Damages|
|have recently left your employment||Employment Separation Certificate|
|want to have another person to act on your behalf||Authorising a person or organisation to act on your behalf|
Submit your claim
Return your completed forms, proof of identity, medical evidence, and any other documents we have asked for:
- by post to the Department of Human Services, Disability Services, Reply Paid, 7806, Canberra BC ACT 2610, or
- in person at your nearest service centre
We will sight and record your documents, which may include copying and return the originals to you.
We will use these documents as part of the assessment process to determine your eligibility for payment. You may be required to attend assessments.
We will inform you whether your claim is successful. If you are eligible for Disability Support Pension, we will tell you when your payment will start and how much you will get paid.
You always have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.