Medical evidence and assessment for Disability Support Pension

Depending on your medical condition, we may need specific medical evidence to assess your eligibility for Disability Support Pension.

Medical evidence

Your medical condition must be fully diagnosed, treated and stabilised to be assessed for Disability Support Pension. You need to provide supporting medical evidence to help us understand how your medical condition impacts your ability to work. This can include some of the following:

  • compensation reports
  • details of any current or planned treatment from your treating health professional
  • hospital or outpatient records
  • medical history report
  • medical imaging reports
  • reports from your operations
  • physical examination report
  • rehabilitation reports
  • specialist medical reports

Permanent blindness

We will need evidence from your ophthalmologist or ophthalmic surgeon to help us determine your eligibility for Disability Support Pension on the basis of permanent blindness.

Intellectual disability

We will need evidence that confirms your formal IQ testing results.

If you are about to turn 16 years of age, and you are making a new claim for Disability Support Pension, your school may be able to help. You can provide a report from the school to support your claim if you have been in a school that:

  • provides tailored education for children with disability, or
  • has classes tailored to meet your individual needs

This report should include the latest result from IQ testing conducted by your school and information about any support you need.

Mental health conditions

We will need written evidence that your mental health condition has been diagnosed by a psychiatrist or by a General Practitioner with confirmation from a clinical psychologist.

Hearing loss

We will need evidence that your hearing loss has been diagnosed by an audiologist or an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Job Capacity Assessment

We will arrange a Job Capacity Assessment for you if we need one to assess your medical condition and the impact on your day to day living. At your appointment, you can use any aids, equipment or assistive technology you have and usually use, for example, hearing or visual aids.

The assessment will help us determine your medical eligibility for Disability Support Pension, whether you can work, how much work you can do and the sort of help you may need to find and keep a job.

The assessment of your capacity to work is made by an allied health or health professional. The assessor will use the medical evidence provided with your claim or review to assess the functional impact of your medical conditions on your capacity to work. They do this using impairment tables that are set out in legislation. Everyone has a different degree of disability and a wide range of behaviours and skills so the assessment results will vary according to individual circumstances.

Read more about impairment tables on the Department of Social Services website.

If you're making a new claim, the assesor will also assess your continuing ability to work which includes whether you have participated in a Program of Support.

A Program of Support is a Commonwealth Government funded program to help you prepare for, find or maintain work.

Read more about Program of Support for Disability Support Pension.

Disability Medical Assessment

As a part of a new claim or review for Disability Support Pension, you may also be asked to attend a Disability Medical Assessment.

Page last updated: 20 December 2016

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