Who can get it

You need to meet both non-medical and medical rules to get Disability Support Pension (DSP).

Not everyone with disability or a medical condition can get DSP.

Rules you need to meet

To get DSP, you need to meet both:

  • non-medical rules
  • medical rules.

Non-medical rules include things like your age, residence status, and income and assets.

Medical rules help us assess how your condition affects you.

Read about the non-medical rules and medical rules you need to meet.

Guide to help you understand the rules

You can use our DSP pre-claim guide to help you decide whether to claim DSP. It won’t tell you if you’ll get DSP.

Other support you can get

You can claim or still access services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if you’re claiming or getting DSP.

You may not be eligible for DSP if you get certain payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Read more about getting a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment.

Support while we assess your claim

If you claim DSP, you may be eligible for financial support while we assess your claim. This may be an income support payment such as:

If you want one of these payments you may need to claim it separately to DSP. If you claim DSP using the online claim, you can claim JobSeeker Payment as part of your online claim.

If you already get an income support payment

If you already get an income support payment, you won’t need to meet mutual obligation requirements while we assess your DSP claim.

If you can’t get DSP

You may still be able to get other payments.

Page last updated: 1 February 2023.