Residence rules for Disability Support Pension

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.

Page last updated: 16 October 2017