Payment rates

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

You may get 1 or both Economic Support Payments from late April 2020. We’ll pay you these as part of your normal payment.

We update the payment rates for Disability Support Pension on 20 March and 20 September each year if you’re either:

  • 21 and older, with or without children
  • younger than 21 with a child in your care.

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

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

Maximum payment rates

If you're 21 or older with or without children, or younger than 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 younger than 21

If you’re younger than 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 about your situation when you claim. You may need to give us proof of your living situation, relationship or work status when you claim. You must tell us if your circumstances changes.

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, younger than 18, and dependent $385.10
single, younger than 18, and independent $594.40
single, 18 to 20, and dependent $436.50
single, 18 to 20, and independent $594.40
a member of a couple, and younger than 21 $594.40

Page last updated: 22 June 2020