Participation requirements

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 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.

What the current arrangements are

In March 2020, we paused DSP participation requirements because of coronavirus (COVID-19). From 12 October 2020, voluntary participation activities restart. This means we may contact you about:

  • your participation plan
  • doing activities such as work experience or training if it is safe to do so.

As your participation is voluntary, we won’t suspend your payment if you can’t do these things.

When you have to 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. You can do this online or over the phone. 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.

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

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 determine your condition meets the manifest medical rules
  • we determine you can’t work at least 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: 12 October 2020