Disability Support Pension information for health professionals

Information for health professionals whose patients are applying for Disability Support Pension (DSP).

DSP is financial help for people with a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition. This condition must stop them from working for at least 15 hours a week in the next 2 years.

To get it, your patient will need to meet both non-medical and medical rules. These rules are based on social security law. Your patient must support their claim with medical evidence.

If your patient’s condition is temporary or they’re still undergoing diagnosis or treatment, they can’t get DSP. They may be able to get other payments from us.

To find out if your patient might be able to get DSP, read more about DSP eligibility and medical evidence. This will help if they ask for your advice about making a claim.

Keep in mind that our independent assessors will assess your patient’s claim to see if they can get DSP.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021.