To get Disability Support Pension you must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day you claim.
How long you need to have been a resident
To get Disability Support Pension you need to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of these years, there must be no break in your residence.
What may be different
The 10 year time frame doesn’t apply if you:
- are a refugee or former refugee
- became unable to work or permanently blind while you were:
- an Australian resident, or
- a dependent child of an Australian resident and you then got your Australian resident status while a dependent child
If you don’t meet these rules but you’ve lived or worked in a country that has a social security agreement with Australia, the agreement may help you to claim.