Payment rates

How much Disability Support Pension (DSP) you can get depends on your situation.

We update the payment rates for Disability Support Pension on 20 March and 20 September each year for those either:

  • 21 and over, with or without children
  • under 21 with a child in your care.

On 1 January of each year, we update the rates for those under 21 without children.

You or your partner’s income and assets may affect your payment rate.

Maximum payment rates

If you're 21 or over with or without children, or under 21 with a child in your care

Pension rates per fortnight Single Couple each Couple combined Couple each,
separated due to ill health
Maximum basic rate $860.60 $648.70 $1,297.40 $860.60
Maximum Pension Supplement $69.60 $52.50 $105 $69.60
Energy Supplement $14.10 $10.60 $21.20 $14.10
TOTAL $944.30 $711.80 $1,423.60 $944.30

If you’re under 21 with no children in your care

If you’re under 21 and don’t have any dependent children in your care, there are different rates. In this case, the amount of DSP you get depends on whether we assess you as dependent or independent. We’ll ask you questions relating to your status when you complete the DSP claim. You may need to give us proof of your living situation, relationship or work status when you claim.

Whether you’re dependent or independent, your parents’ or guardians’ income won’t affect how much payment you can get.

Your situation Maximum rate per fortnight
single, under 18, and dependent $385.10
single, under 18, and independent $594.40
single, 18 to 20, and dependent $436.50
single, 18 to 20, and independent $594.49
a member of a couple, and you're 20 or less $594.40

Page last updated: 17 March 2020