Participation requirements

You usually need to meet participation requirements if you're getting Disability Support Pension (DSP). Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we've suspended this.

There are usually participation requirements for some people who get DSP. These include:

  • going to interviews
  • doing activities such as work experience or training
  • agreeing to a participation plan.

A participation plan includes activities to help you find and keep work. Participation 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.

You may need to attend appointments with your employment services provider. You can do this online or over the phone. Your provider will contact you about this.

We encourage you to stay connected with your provider to access support and assistance.

During this period, you won’t be penalised for not meeting your requirements. We’ll let you know when this changes.

Read more about what happens at interviews and how to manage your requirements.

When you have to participate

You need to attend interviews and agree to a participation plan if all of the following apply:

  • you’re younger than 35
  • we’ve assessed you can work 8 to 14 hours per week
  • you don’t have a dependent child younger than 6.

When you don’t have to participate

You don’t have to participate if you’re 35 or older.

If you’re younger than 35, you don’t have to participate if any of the following apply:

  • we assess you as meeting the manifest medical rules
  • we assess you can only work less than 8 hours per week
  • you work under the Supported Wage System or in an Australian Disability Enterprise.

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.

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Page last updated: 9 June 2020