There are participation requirements for some people getting Disability Support Pension (DSP). This is to help you find and keep suitable work.
Participation requirements include activities to help you prepare for and find work. These requirements are flexible. We take into account your ability to work and individual circumstances. We’ll help you address any barriers to work you may have.
What the current arrangements are
In March 2020, we paused DSP participation requirements because of coronavirus (COVID-19). From 18 January 2021, participation activities restarted. This means we may contact you about your participation plan that lists:
- agreed activities such as work experience or training
- regular participation interviews.
As participation has restarted, we may suspend your payment if you don’t do these things.
If you live in a NSW flood impacted Local Government Area
We’re temporarily pausing participation requirements from Friday 19 March to 11 April 2021 because of the storms and floods in NSW. Check the impacted Local Government Areas (LGAs) listed for the New South Wales Floods, March 2021 Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment.
If you live in one of these LGAs and don’t meet your requirements during this period, no payment suspension or cancellation will apply.
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:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia.
When you must participate
You usually need to attend interviews and agree to a participation plan if all of the following apply:
- you’re younger than 35
- you can work at least 8 hours per week
- you don’t have a dependent child younger than 6.
You may need to attend appointments with your employment services provider. Your provider will contact you about this.
You should stay connected with your provider to access support and assistance. If you haven’t been in contact with your provider for a while, you should reconnect with them.
Face-to-face servicing with providers will start again in early March 2021. This may vary in response to local health advice and state and territory COVID-19 requirements.
This applies if you’re with any of the following providers:
- Disability Employment Services.
When you don’t need to participate
You don’t need to participate if you’re 35 or older.
If you’re younger than 35, you don’t need to participate if any of the following apply:
- your condition meets the manifest medical rules
- you can’t work at least 8 hours per week
- you work under the Supported Wage System or in an Australian Disability Enterprise
- you have a child under the age of 6.
When you can choose to participate
If you’re 35 or older, you can ask us about voluntary participation to help you find and keep work. You may still get DSP if you work less than 30 hours a week.
Read more about:
- the Supported Wage System on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website
- Supported employment at an Australian Disability Enterprise on the Department of Social Services website.
If you’re required to participate, you’ll need to do an initial interview and then regular follow-up interviews.
We’ll help you develop a participation plan. You’ll need to keep meeting these requirements to get Disability Support Pension (DSP).
Page last updated: 9 April 2021
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