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What is a disability support pension in Australia?

The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is a payment made by Centrelink to individuals who are unable to work due to a permanent medical condition. To qualify for DSP, you must demonstrate that your disability or medical condition prevents you from working.

How to qualify for Disability support pension in Australia?

  1. You must be at least sixteen years old…
  2. You have successfully finished a support program.
  3. Your medical problems are permanent.
  4. Your chronic medical issues earn you a minimum of 20 points on the impairment tables.
  5. You must be a resident of Australia.

Medical assessment

As part of the application process, your doctor must complete a report on your medical status. One of the Disability Support Pension’s medical assessors reviews this report. The medical report will assist the DSP in determining whether or not you:

  • Have had an injury, disease, or physical or mental handicap for at least a year or are anticipated to sustain one for at least a year
  • You are significantly restricted from performing jobs that would be suitable for a person of your age, experience, and qualifications due to your impairment.

How your income is assessed for Disability Support Pension?

Disability support pension is a payment that is based on one’s financial circumstances. The Department of Social Services investigates all of your sources of income during a means test. To qualify for disability support, your income must be below a particular threshold.

The means test is composed primarily of the following items:

  • Cash income earned by you, your spouse, civil partner, or cohabitant
  • Capital, for instance, the worth of your money, assets, stocks, or other property (but not your own home).
  • Maintenance paid to you.

Living with your parent?

The income of your parents is not taken into account when determining your eligibility for a Disability Support Pension.

Where to apply for Disability Support Pension

Visit The Australian Social services website here 

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