Disability Support Pension when you reach age pension age

If you’re getting Disability Support Pension and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.

When you reach age pension age

Just before you reach age pension age, we’ll invite you to transfer to Age Pension.

You’ll need to tell us if you:

  • want to transfer to Age Pension, or want to stay on Disability Support Pension, and
  • have any superannuation

What won’t change

Whether you transfer to Age Pension or stay on Disability Support Pension some things won’t change, such as:

  • your rate of payment
  • the income and assets tests
  • your concession card
  • access to the Work Bonus
  • payments being taxable
  • rules to assess permanent blindness

Benefits of each payment

If you transfer to Age Pension:

  • there are no medical eligibility rules or medical reviews
  • the rules may be better if you want to travel outside Australia, and
  • and live on a single title of land covering more than 2 hectares, we can exempt more land from the assets test

If you stay on Disability Support Pension, you may:

If your partner gets Wife Pension they can also get the Pensioner Education Supplement if they study.

Other services and concessions

Before you decide to transfer to Age Pension, you should check if you’ll still be eligible for any services or concessions you currently get from other providers.

Read more about how to transfer to Age Pension.

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Page last updated: 28 February 2017

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