Disability Support Pension – review recipients aged under 35 years

From 1 July 2014 the eligibility of current Disability Support Pension recipients aged under 35 years who were granted Disability Support Pension (DSP) between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011 prior to the introduction of the revised impairment tables, will be reviewed.

This measure has started.

Description of the measure

From 1 July 2014 the eligibility of current Disability Support Pension recipients aged under 35 years who were granted Disability Support Pension (DSP) between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011 prior to the introduction of the revised impairment tables, will be reviewed.

Those DSP recipients who were granted on manifest grounds would be excluded as would those already assessed as having a work capacity of less than 8 hours a week.

Under this measure, DSP recipients would have a comprehensive review of their qualification for DSP. This would involve a review against the revised impairment tables and an assessment of their work capacity. Eligible DSP recipients will be supported to help maximise their work capacity.

DSP recipients would also be assessed as to whether they have evidence of having actively participated in a Program of Support. Depending on their circumstances, if they have not participated in a Program of Support they would be required to do so. DSP payment would continue contingent on their participation in a Program of Support.

Reviews would be carried out over 18 months from 1 July 2014. The Department of Human Services will contact recipients who are affected by this measure. Recipients will be asked to provide current medical evidence and may need to attend a Job Capacity Assessment scheduled by the department.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect DSP recipients under 35 years, who were granted between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011.

DSP recipients who were granted on manifest grounds, or already assessed as having a work capacity of less than 8 hours per week are excluded. 

Am I eligible for this measure?

You are eligible for this measure if you are under 35 years and were granted DSP between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011.

Disability Support Pension recipients who were granted on manifest grounds, or already assessed as having a work capacity of less than 8 hours per week are excluded.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 July 2014 and the reviews will be completed by 31 December 2015.  

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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