Is Disability Support Payment still the best option for you?

23 September 2020

Find out what changes if you’re getting Disability Support Pension, and you claim another payment instead.

You may be thinking about giving up your Disability Support Pension (DSP) to claim another payment like JobSeeker Payment.

Before you decide to give up your DSP, make sure it’s the best option for you.

Disability Support Pension

DSP provides financial help if you’re between 16 and Age Pension age and have one of these permanent conditions that stop you from working:

  • a physical condition
  • an intellectual condition
  • a psychiatric condition.

DSP is a more suitable payment if:

  • you have a long term disability or medical condition
  • you’re unable to work 15 hours or more per week in the next 2 years.

You will keep your Pensioner Concession Card.

If you cancel your DSP and want to claim it again, there are some things you should know.

DSP eligibility rules have changed and may not be the same as when you first claimed it.

If you give up your DSP to get another payment like JobSeeker Payment, you may not get DSP again.

To claim DSP again, you’ll need to do both of these:

In some cases, you may need to have actively participated in a Program of Support before you can get DSP.

Not everyone with disability or a medical condition can get DSP.

JobSeeker Payment

JobSeeker Payment provides financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work. It’s also for when you’re sick, or injured and can’t do your usual work or study for a short time.

You may be thinking about claiming JobSeeker Payment to get the temporary Coronavirus Supplement.

If you claim JobSeeker Payment, you’ll need to:

You need to consider how you’ll meet these requirements with a permanent disability or medical condition.

If you claim and get another payment like JobSeeker Payment, you’ll lose your eligibility for DSP.

You may also lose your Pensioner Concession Card.

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Page last updated: 23 September 2020