What happens when you get Disability Support Pension and reach age pension age?

14 August 2018

You can choose to stay on Disability Support Pension or transfer to Age Pension when you reach age pension age.

If you get Disability Support Pension, we’ll contact you just before you reach age pension age.

You’ll need tell us if you want to transfer to Age Pension or stay on Disability Support Pension.

Whether you transfer to Age Pension or stay on Disability Support Pension, it won’t change your:

  • rate of payment
  • concession card, or
  • access to the Work Bonus

It also won’t change the income and assets tests or taxation obligations.

Age Pension is usually the best payment if you’re age pension age. If you transfer to Age Pension, there are some advantages. There are no:

  • medical eligibility rules, or
  • medical reviews

The rules may also be better if you:

  • want to travel outside Australia
  • are eligible for a land exemption from the assets test

If you stay on Disability Support Pension, you may:

Everyone’s circumstances are different. Please check which payment is best for you and your circumstances.

Next steps

If you got a letter, let us know which payment you want to get. The easiest way to do this is online. Log in to your Centrelink online account through myGov and select Make a claim.

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Page last updated: 30 August 2018