Income and assets tests for Disability Support Pension
The amount of Disability Support Pension (DSP) you can get depends on your assessable income and assets.
You can earn some income and still get DSP. The amount depends on how much you earn.
Read more about the income test for pensions.
You can have some assets and still get DSP. The amount depends on how much your assets are worth.
Your assets include any property or possession you partly or fully own. This includes assets held outside Australia and debts owed to you.
We’ll assess your financial situation differently if your assets stop you from getting a payment but you’re in severe financial hardship.
Read more about asset hardship provisions.
You may not be subject to the income or assets test if you’re permanently blind, unless either:
- you’re claiming Rent Assistance
- your partner claims an income support payment.
The amount we pay you could change if you or your partner get paid for compensation or damages.
Read more about compensation.
Income maintenance period
If you’ve recently stopped working, an income maintenance period may apply. For this period, you may get a reduced payment rate or you may not get any payment.
Read more about income maintenance periods.
Property or items you or your partner own in full or part, or have an interest in are assets. They can affect your payment.
You can apply if you're suffering severe financial hardship and your assets stop you from getting a payment, or your payment is reduced.
Page last updated: 20 November 2019