Not meeting medical rules

Not everyone with disability can get Disability Support Pension (DSP). If you don’t meet medical rules you can’t get DSP.

If you don’t meet the manifest or general medical rules you’re not medically eligible for DSP. This means you can’t get it.

If you can’t get DSP, you may be able to get other payments.

Example of not meeting fully treated and stabilised rules

Joe got ill this year and hasn’t been able to go to work. His doctor recommends bed rest while he recovers. Joe’s condition is serious but his doctor says he’ll recover in a few months.

Joe applies for DSP. We assess his claim and find his condition isn’t yet fully treated. He’ll recover from his illness within 2 years with treatment. Joe can’t get DSP.

Example of not meeting impairment rating

Anne had to have her leg amputated a few years ago when she was 24. Her doctor continues to treat her while she gets rehabilitation. She’s now using a prosthetic limb so she can walk.

We assess her claim, medical evidence and medical eligibility.

Our assessor determines that Anne’s impairment is less than 20 points on Table 3 of the Impairment Tables. He gives her this rating as Anne still has ability to work. As Anne’s impairment rating is less than 20 points, she can’t get DSP.

Anne may need help to get a job. We refer Anne to Disability Employment Services, which helps people with disability, illness or injury find and keep a job.

Page last updated: 5 September 2019