Disability Support Pension

Program of Support

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

A Program of Support helps people with disability to prepare for, find and keep a job. It may include help with:

  • job preparation and job search
  • work experience and training
  • injury management

Who doesn’t need to participate

You don’t need to take part in a Program of Support if we assess that you:

Who needs to participate

You need to participate in a Program of Support if you:

  • have an impairment rating of 20 points or more, but
  • with less than 20 points or more on a single Impairment Table

Showing you have participated in a Program of Support

To show you have participated in a Program of Support, you must either:

  • participate for at least 18 months in the 3 years before you claim, or
  • complete the program, if the length of the program was less than 18 months

You need to participate in a Program of Support for it to count. Any periods where you don’t participate won’t count.

If your ill health stops you from improving your ability to work by staying in the program, a shorter period may count.

Example 1 – Sabeena’s program of support stopped due to her condition

Sabeena is 32 and lives in a remote community. She worked as a tour guide until she suffered serious injuries in a car accident.

After her recovery, Sabeena found it hard to concentrate or remember things. She was unable to go back to her job. She looked for other work and took part in the Community Development Programme for 11 months.

Sabeena’s condition got worse over time and her doctors told her she would be unable to return to work.

Sabeena submits a claim to get Disability Support Pension. As part of her claim, she needs to go to a Job Capacity Assessment. The assessor uses 2 Impairment Tables to give Sabeena a total impairment rating of 20 points.

Sabeena now needs to show she’s participated in a Program of Support in the 3 years before her claim. Sabeena tells the assessor about her time in the Community Development Programme. The assessor accepts that Sabina couldn’t improve her ability to work by staying in the program.

Sabeena meets the requirements. She can get Disability Support Pension.

Example 2 – Tony didn’t start a program

Tony has worked in a store for 35 years. Due to failing health, Tony has been finding it more difficult to do physical work and resigns.

He submits a claim for Disability Support Pension a few months later. As part of his claim, Tony needs to go to a Job Capacity Assessment. The assessor uses 2 Impairment Tables to give Tony a total impairment rating of 20 points. Tony now needs to show he:

  • participated in a Program of Support, and
  • did this in the 3 years before claiming Disability Support Pension

Tony was working before he put in a claim for Disability Support Pension. He never started a Program of Support.

Tony doesn’t meet the requirements. He can’t get Disability Support Pension.

Program of Support providers

A provider is someone that works with you to help you prepare for, find and keep a job. They may help you look for a job, study, or get work experience.

Read more about the Program of Support providers:

Page last updated: 2 October 2018