Income and assets tests
The amount of Disability Support Pension you can get depends on your assessable income and assets.
You can earn some income and still get Disability Support Pension. The amount depends on how much you earn.
Read more about the income test for pensions.
You can have some assets and still get Disability Support Pension. The amount depends on how much your assets are worth.
Your assets include any property or possession you partly or fully own including assets held outside Australia and debts owed to you.
We can assess your financial situation differently if you don’t meet the income and assets test but you’re in severe financial hardship.
Read more about asset hardship provisions.
You may not be subject to the income or assets test if you’re permanently blind, unless:
- you’re claiming Rent Assistance, or
- your partner claims an income support payment
The amount we pay you could change if you or your partner get paid for compensation or damages.
Read more about compensation.
Income maintenance period
If you’ve recently stopped working, an income maintenance period may apply. For this period, you may get a reduced payment rate or you may not get any payment.
Read more about income maintenance periods.
Your income can reduce your pension.
Property or items that you or your partner own in full or part, or have an interest in, can affect your payment.
You can apply if you're suffering severe financial hardship and your assets stop you from getting a payment, or your payment is reduced.
If you or your partner have left or lost a job, an income maintenance period may apply.
Page last updated: 12 July 2019