Impairment rating

We assess your impairment as part of the general medical rules for Disability Support Pension (DSP).

Your impairment is how your disability or medical condition affects your ability to function each day.

How we use Impairment Tables

We assess your impairment using the Impairment Tables. These tables are part of social security law for DSP and available on the Department of Social Services website.

We use the tables to:

  • assess any conditions you have that are fully diagnosed, treated and stabilised  
  • assess the effect those conditions have on your ability to work
  • assign impairment ratings.

Some Impairment Tables have specific diagnosis and medical evidence requirements. You must meet these requirements before we can use these tables to assess certain conditions.  

How the impairment rating affects your claim

The impairment rating helps us assess if you meet the general medical rules for DSP.

To meet these rules, you need to have either:

  • an impairment rating of 20 points or more on a single Impairment Table
  • 20 points or more in total from across more than 1 Impairment Table and meet the Program of Support rules.

If we assess your total impairment rating is less than 20 points, you won’t be eligible for DSP.

If you meet the impairment rating for DSP, we also assess your ability to work.

Page last updated: 21 August 2019