How to manage your participation requirements

We’ll help you develop a participation plan. You’ll need to keep meeting these requirements to get Disability Support Pension (DSP).

Participation requirements were suspended in some areas due to COVID-19 but have now resumed in all states and territories.

You must meet all your participation requirements.

Develop your plan

We’ll help you develop a participation plan to suit you. It must include at least one compulsory work focused activity such as:

  • connecting with an Employment Services Provider
  • apprenticeship, traineeship or work experience
  • education or training, if you’re younger than 22
  • rehabilitation or counselling.

Manage your plan

To keep getting DSP you must do all of the following:

  • agree to your participation plan
  • sign your participation plan
  • go to all your interviews
  • do the compulsory activity in your plan.

If you have difficulty managing your plan, call us on the Disability, sickness and carers line. You can also visit a service centre.

Temporary exemption from DSP participation requirements

You may be able to get a short term exemption from your participation requirements if any of these apply to you:

  • you have a temporary incapacity with a medical certificate
  • you’re impacted by a major disruption like natural disaster such as a bushfire or flood
  • you’re experiencing a major personal crisis such as family and domestic violence
  • you're pregnant and it’s 6 weeks before the expected date of birth or 6 weeks after birth
  • you're overseas
  • you're in psychiatric confinement.

Read more about managing your payment.

Tell us if your medical condition changes

You’ll need to tell us if your medical condition changes.

If you give us medical evidence showing your condition has changed, we may send you for an Employment Services Assessment.

This helps us work out:

  • how the changes affect your participation needs
  • what extra help you need to find and keep work.

If current medical evidence shows you can’t work at least 8 hours per week, you won’t need to participate any further. Please contact us if either:

  • you aren’t sure if you can participate
  • you’re having difficulty getting medical evidence.

If you’ve been in an active COVID hotspot

Call us on the Disability, Sickness and Carers line if you’re concerned about meeting your participation requirements and you either:

  • live in an active COVID-19 hotspot
  • were in one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the past 14 days.

You can find a list of active COVID-19 hotspots on your state or territory governments’ website:

Page last updated: 10 December 2021