Financial help if you have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you from working.
- at least 16 and under age pension age
- have a permanent medical condition that prevents you from working 15 hours or more per week within the next 2 years
- under the income and assets test limits
Eligibility & payment rates
You must meet certain criteria to be eligible for Disability Support Pension.
To get Disability Support Pension you must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day you claim.
Income and assets tests
The amount of Disability Support Pension (DSP) you can get depends on your assessable income and assets.
How we assess your disability or condition
To get Disability Support Pension we need to assess how your condition affects you.
You need to submit medical evidence if you claim Disability Support Pension (DSP), or have a medical eligibility review.
Job Capacity Assessments
You may need to attend a Job Capacity Assessment for a Disability Support Pension (DSP) claim or medical review.
Disability Medical Assessment
You may need to attend a Disability Medical Assessment for a Disability Support Pension (DSP) claim or medical review.
Program of Support
You may need to take part in a Program of Support for at least 18 months in the 3 years before you claim Disability Support Pension (DSP).
How much Disability Support Pension you can get depends on your age and living conditions.
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
- contact the department to discuss claiming Disability Support Pension
- read the conditions for claiming
- complete your claim form and supporting documentation
- obtain medical evidence
- submit your claim and all supporting evidence
- we’ll then assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your payment
Someone to deal with us on your behalf
If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.
Change of circumstances
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you are receiving Disability Support Pension.
If you get Disability Support Pension (DSP), we may review your medical eligibility to make sure you’re still getting the right support.
You may need to participate in activities to help you find and keep work if you’re getting Disability Support Pension (DSP).
Hours you can work
You can work less than 30 hours a week and still get Disability Support Pension.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
If you travel outside Australia
Travelling outside Australia may affect your Disability Support Pension payment. Some rules may stop your payment if you leave Australia.
Transitional rate of pension
The transitional rate started in 2009 for pensioners who would get a lower rate if we used the new income test.
Income Stream Reviews
Each financial year we review certain types of income streams. We do this in August and February.
When you reach age pension age
If you’re getting Disability Support Pension and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
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Improve your skills for education and employment
The Skills for Education and Employment program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths.
Read about Skills for Education and Employment.
Payment and Service Finder
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently get from us.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.
Read more about how Centrepay works.