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