Disability Support Pension – reduced portability - Budget 2014-15

From 1 January 2015, Disability Support Pension recipients who travel overseas can only continue to receive their payments for a maximum of four weeks overseas in any 52 week period.

This measure started on 1 January 2015.

Description of the measure

From 1 January 2015, Disability Support Pension recipients who travel overseas can only continue to receive their payments for a maximum of 4 weeks overseas in any 12 month period.

Disability Support Pension recipients will have their payment stopped if they are overseas for longer than 4weeks.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect Disability Support Pension recipients who travel overseas for more than 4 weeks in every 12 month period on or after 1 January 2015.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 January 2015 and will be ongoing.

People who have booked and paid for travel before 14 May 2014 (the day after the budget announcement) will be able to retain the existing 6 week payment period overseas as long as this travel is completed and they have returned to Australia before 1 January 2016.

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