Steps to claim Disability Support Pension
1. Get ready to claim
If you have a terminal illness, print the Claim for Disability Support Pension for a Terminal Illness form. This applies if your life expectancy is less than 2 years. The form includes:
- a consent to disclose medical information
- a Verification of terminal illness form.
If you don't have a terminal illness print the Claim for Disability Support Pension form. The claim form includes:
- a medical evidence checklist
- a consent to disclose medical information.
Can't access a printer
If you don’t have access to a printer you can either:
- call us on the Disability, Sickness and Carers line and ask us to post the form to you
- go to a service centre and ask for the form.
We’ll check if you need to complete other forms to support your claim.
2. Get your documents ready to claim
You’ll need to get supporting documents ready to help answer some of the questions in the claim. This includes the medical evidence you need for your claim. Use the checklist in the claim form to work out what medical evidence you need.
You may need to confirm your identity with us before you start your claim.
3. Make your claim
If you have a terminal illness, complete the Claim for Disability Support Pension for a Terminal Illness form.
If you don’t have current medical evidence your treating health professional can complete the Verification of Terminal Illness section of this form.
If you don’t have a terminal illness, fill in and sign the Claim for Disability Support Pension form.
We may need to talk to your treating health professional about your medical evidence. Your claim form has a page to give your consent for your treating health professionals to talk to us. You don’t have to complete this page. If you don’t provide your consent, we may not have enough information to assess your Disability Support Pension claim.
You can still give your consent after you submit your claim. Just complete the Consent to disclose medical information form.
4. Submit your claim
Submit the completed forms with any supporting documents, medical evidence and other forms we’ve asked for. If you don’t, we may not accept your claim or we may reject it.
The easiest way is to submit your documents online. If you can’t submit online you can either:
- go to a service centre
- post it to us using the details on the form.
- a crisis
- any reason outside your control.
5. Wait for the result of your claim
We'll contact you if either:
- we need more details
- you need to attend an assessment.
We'll send you a letter to let you know your claim outcome. If your claim is successful, we’ll let you know:
- when you’ll get your first payment
- how much you’ll get.
If you don’t agree with our decision call us on the Disability, Sickness and Carers line. We’ll explain it and make sure it’s correct.
If you still don’t agree, you can ask us to review our decision.