Disability Support Pension

Financial help if you have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you from working.

Eligibility basics

  • between 16 years of age and age pension age
  • have a permanent medical condition that stops you from working
  • meet residency requirements
  • meet income and assets tests
Eligible Disability Support Pensioners automatically get a one-off Energy Assistance Payment from 26 June 2017.



You must meet certain criteria to be eligible for Disability Support Pension.

Read more about eligibility

Income and assets tests

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

Read more about income and assets tests

How we assess your disability or condition

To get Disability Support Pension you need to provide current medical evidence.

Read more about how we assess your condition

Medical evidence

You need to submit medical evidence if you claim Disability Support Pension, or have a medical review.

Read more about medical evidence and assessment

Job Capacity Assessments

You may need to attend a Job Capacity Assessment for a Disability Support Pension claim or medical review.

Read more about assessments

Disability Medical Assessment

You may need to attend a Disability Medical Assessment for a Disability Support Pension (DSP) claim or medical review.

Read more about Disability Medical Assessment

Program of Support

You may need to participate in a Program of Support before you claim Disability Support Pension.

Read more about the Program of Support for Disability Support Pension


Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.


  • contact us to discuss claiming Disability Support Pension
  • read the conditions for claiming
  • complete your forms
  • get medical evidence
  • submit your claim and all supporting evidence
  • we’ll assess your claim and let you know the outcome



Payment rates

How much Disability Support Pension (DSP) you can get depends on your age and living conditions.

Read more about payment rates

Reaching age pension age

If you’re getting Disability Support Pension and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.

Read more about Disability Support Pension when you reach age pension age

Pensioner Concession Card

If your Disability Support Pension stops, you may still get your Pensioner Concession Card.

Read more about Pension Concession Cards if you get Disability Support Pension

Advance payment

You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.

Read more about advance payment

Weekly payment option

Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.

Read more about weekly payments

Transitional rate of pension

The transitional rate started in 2009 for pensioners who would get a lower rate if we used the new income test.

Read more about the transitional rate of pension

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn


Participation requirements

You may need to participate in activities to help you find and keep work if you’re getting Disability Support Pension.

Read more about participation requirements

Income reporting

How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.

Read more about income reporting for your main income support payment

Hours you can work

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

Read more about the hours you can work

Managing your payment

Someone to deal with us on your behalf

If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.

Read more about someone to deal with us on your behalf

Change of circumstances

You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you are receiving Disability Support Pension.

Read more about reporting your change of circumstances

Medical reviews

If you get Disability Support Pension, we may review your medical eligibility to make sure you’re still getting the right support.

Read more about medical reviews for Disability Support Pension

Income Stream Reviews

Each financial year we review certain types of income streams to ensure we assess your payments correctly.

Read more about Pension Income Stream Reviews

If you travel outside Australia

If you travel outside of Australia it may affect your Disability Support Pension payment.

Read more about the Disability Support Pension if you travel outside Australia


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Page last updated: 19 February 2018