Who can get Disability Support Pension?
Wife Pension (abolished in 1995) was available to the wifes of a disability support pensioner. People on wife pension in 1995 were able to remain on the pension as long as their partner continued to receive a Disability Support Pension (DSP).
Partner's DSP claimants may now be able to receive a different DSS payment, such as Partner Allowance, Parenting Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Sickness/Newstart Allowance (NSA), depending on the circumstances.
Permanently blind people may qualify for DSP regardless of income or assets. There is a special test for blind pensioners. They may be eligible for Rent Assistance. Their partner has to meet income and asset test rules before they can get a married rate pension.
What happens when you get Disability Support Pension?
Disability Support Pension is reviewed regularly. Reviews occur every two or five years, if you start work, or if there is some chance that your work capacity will improve.
You will be asked to give medical information about yourself and you may also have to be examined by an independent medical adviser.
If you get Workers Compensation or Third Party Damages your pension might change. You must tell us about this before you can receive the money and before you spend any money you get from such a payout.
Payments if you go overseas
The Disabiliy Support Pension may be paid outside Australia for up to 12 months (in some cases beyond this). You may need a medical examination to confirm you are still qualified for payment. You must contact us if you decide to travel outside Australia to get a Departure Certificate. Without it, your Pension may be cancelled after four weeks absence.