Residence rules

On the day you claim Disability Support Pension generally you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.

How long you need to have been a resident

To get Disability Support Pension generally you need to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of these years, there must be no break in your residence.

We may need more information to establish your Australian residence history. If we do, we’ll ask you to complete the Residence in Australia and other countries form.

When you don’t meet the rules

Some people can get Disability Support Pension if they've been an Australian resident for less than 10 years.

Unable to work

The 10 year rule doesn’t apply if you’re unable to work or you became permanently blind while you were either:

  • an Australian resident
  • a dependent child of an Australian resident and you then got your Australian resident status while a dependent child.

Refugee or former refugee

If you’re a refugee or former refugee you are exempt from the 10 year rule.

Lived or worked overseas

If you’ve lived or worked in an agreement country you may be able to get Disability Support Pension.

Page last updated: 20 August 2019

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