Disability Support Pension – compulsory participation requirements for recipients aged under 35 years

From 1 July 2014 Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients under 35 years of age with an assessed work capacity of eight or more hours a week, will be required to participate in activities that will help them find and keep a job.

This measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

From 1 July 2014 Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients under 35 years of age with an assessed work capacity of eight or more hours a week, will be required to participate in activities that will help them find and keep a job.

Eligible DSP recipients will be required to have a participation plan which includes compulsory activities with a focus on employment.

Compulsory activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Work for the Dole
  • job search
  • work experience
  • education or training
  • connection with a Disability Employment Service or Job Services Australia

Under existing rules, DSP recipients under the age of 35 are required to have a participation plan and to attend regular interviews with the department. This measure will strengthen these requirements by making activities compulsory and focusing on improving a customer’s ability to find and maintain work.

The new requirements will commence for eligible customers at their next DSP participation interview.

DSP recipients who were granted on manifest grounds, or who are assessed as having a work capacity of less than eight hours per week, are excluded.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect DSP recipients under age 35 with an assessed work capacity of eight or more hours per week.

DSP recipients who were granted on manifest grounds, or who are assessed as having a work capacity of less than eight hours per week, are excluded.

Am I eligible for this measure?

You are eligible for this measure if you are under 35 years of age and have an assessed work capacity of eight or more hours per week.

Disability Support Pension recipients who were granted on manifest grounds, or who are assessed as having a work capacity of less than eight hours per week, are excluded.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 July 2014 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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