How much Disability Support Pension (DSP) you can get depends on your age and living conditions.
We update the payment rates for Disability Support Pension on 20 March and 20 September each year for those:
- 21 and over, with or without children, or
- under 21 with children
On 1 January of each year, we update the rates for those under 21 without children.
You or your partner’s income and assets may affect your payment rate.
Maximum payment rates
If you're 21 or over with or without children, or under 21 with children
|Pension rates per fortnight||Single||Couple each||Couple combined||Couple each,
separated due to ill health
|Maximum basic rate||$843.60||$635.90||$1,271.80||$843.60|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$68.50||$51.60||$103.20||$68.50|
If you’re under 21 with no children
|If you're||Maximum rate per fortnight|
|single, under 18, and live at home||$379.00|
|single, under 18, and independent||$585.00|
|single, 18-20, and live at home||$429.60|
|single, 18-20, and independent||$585.00|
|a member of a couple, and you're 20 or less||$585.00|
If you’re getting Disability Support Pension and reach Age Pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.
If you’re Age Pension age and get an eligible payment, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension.
If your Disability Support Pension stops, you may still get your Pensioner Concession Card.
You may get part of your income support payment or Family Tax Benefit (Part A) early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
The transitional rate started in 2009 for pensioners who would get a lower rate if we used the new income test.
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Page last updated: 23 May 2019