Income and assets tests for Disability Support Pension

The amount of Disability Support Pension (DSP) you can get depends on your assessable income and assets.

Income test

You can earn some income and still get DSP. The amount depends on how much income you earn.

Read more about the income test for pensions.

Assets test

You can have some assets and still get DSP. The amount depends on how much your assets are worth.

Your assets include any property or possession you partly or fully own including assets held outside Australia and debts owed to you.

Hardship provisions

We can assess your financial situation differently if you don’t meet the income and assets test and you’re in severe financial hardship.

Read more about asset hardship provisions.

If you’re permanently blind

You may not be subject to the income or assets test if you’re permanently blind, unless:

  • you’re claiming Rent Assistance, or
  • your partner claims an income support payment

Compensation

If you or your partner get a payment for compensation or damages, it may affect the amount we pay you.

Read more about compensation.

Page last updated: 16 October 2017