Eligibility for Disability Support Pension

You must meet certain criteria to be eligible for Disability Support Pension.

You may get Disability Support Pension if you:

  • are between 16 and age pension age
  • meet residency requirements
  • meet income and assets tests
  • have a permanent and diagnosed disability or medical condition, or
  • get a Department of Veterans’ Affairs special rate disability pension due to total and permanent incapacity

You may need to show you:

  • have done a Program of Support, and
  • can’t work, or retrain to work, for at least 15 hours a week in the next 2 years

You can still access services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), even if you’re getting or claiming Disability Support Pension. It doesn’t affect your eligibility for Disability Support Pension.

Other payments you may get

Sickness Allowance is an income support payment if you temporarily can’t work or study because of an injury or illness. You must have a job or study to return to.

Newstart Allowance can help you if you can participate in approved activities or job search.

Carer Payment and Carer Allowance help you if you provide daily care to someone:

  • with an illness
  • with disability, or
  • who is frail aged

Carer Supplement is an annual lump sum payment to help with the costs of caring for a person with:

  • disability, or
  • medical condition

Youth Disability Supplement is an extra payment if you’re a young person with disability and on certain income support payments. 

Page last updated: 22 June 2018