Disability Support Pension

Income and assets tests

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

Income test

You can earn some income and still get Disability Support Pension. The amount depends on how much you earn.

Read more about the income test for pensions.

Assets test

You can have some assets and still get Disability Support Pension. The amount depends on how much your assets are worth.

Your assets include any property or possession you partly or fully own including assets held outside Australia and debts owed to you.

Hardship provisions

We can assess your financial situation differently if you don’t meet the income and assets test but you’re in severe financial hardship.

Read more about asset hardship provisions.


You may not be subject to the income or assets test if you’re permanently blind, unless:

  • you’re claiming Rent Assistance, or
  • your partner claims an income support payment


The amount we pay you could change if you or your partner get paid for compensation or damages.

Read more about compensation.

Income maintenance period

If you’ve recently stopped working, an income maintenance period may apply. For this period, you may get a reduced payment rate or you may not get any payment.

Read more about income maintenance periods.

This information was printed Wednesday 22 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/disability-support-pension/eligibility/income-and-assets-tests It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 8 February 2019