You must meet certain criteria to be eligible for Disability Support Pension.
You may get Disability Support Pension if you:
- are between 16 and age pension age
- meet residency requirements
- meet income and assets tests, and
- have a permanent and diagnosed disability or medical condition, or
- get a Department of Veterans’ Affairs special rate disability pension due to total and permanent incapacity
You may need to show you:
- have done a Program of Support, and
- can’t work, or retrain to work, for at least 15 hours a week in the next 2 years
You can still access services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), even if you’re getting or claiming Disability Support Pension. It doesn’t affect your eligibility for Disability Support Pension.
Other payments you may get
Sickness Allowance is an income support payment if you temporarily can’t work or study because of an injury or illness. You must have a job or study to return to.
Newstart Allowance can help you if you can participate in approved activities or job search.
Youth Allowance can help if you are 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice, or 21 or younger and looking for work.
- with an illness
- with disability, or
- who is frail aged
Carer Supplement is an annual lump sum payment to help with the costs of caring for a person with:
- disability, or
- medical condition
Youth Disability Supplement is an extra payment if you’re a young person with disability and on certain income support payments.
The amount of Disability Support Pension you can get depends on your assessable income and assets.
To get Disability Support Pension you need to provide current medical evidence.
You may need to attend a Job Capacity Assessment for a Disability Support Pension claim or medical review.
You may need to attend a Disability Medical Assessment for a Disability Support Pension (DSP) claim or medical review.
You may need to participate in a Program of Support before you claim Disability Support Pension.
To get Disability Support Pension you must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day you claim.
You usually need to be an Australian resident to get a payment from us. This page explains how we define an Australian resident.
Page last updated: 20 August 2018