Hours you can work when you get Disability Support Pension

You can work less than 30 hours a week and still get Disability Support Pension.

The amount you get depends on how much income you earn.

Read more about the income test for pensions.

If you work 30 hours or more a week

We’ll stop your DSP if you work 30 hours or more a week.

We may be able to start your DSP again if you start working less than 30 hours a week within 2 years of your DSP stopping.

You must let us know if you:

  • start work
  • your work hours change, or
  • your income changes

We’ll tell you if your DSP will change.

Pensioner Concession Card

If your DSP stops, you may have continued access to your Pensioner Concession Card for up to 12 months if:

  • you’re working 30 hours or more a week and told us about this change within 14 days, or
  • due to your employment income, you get a zero rate of DSP

You may have continued access to your Pensioner Concession Card for up to 12 weeks if your partner’s employment income reduces your DSP to a zero rate.

Page last updated: 16 October 2017