Working and receiving Disability Support Pension

Many people with disability want to work if they can and gain the significant benefits that come with working, such as stronger skills, improved health and wellbeing, social connectedness, better incomes and higher living standards..

People receiving Disability Support Pension (DSP) may not know that they can start working or work more hours without losing their payment.  

Allowable weekly hours of work

From 1 July 2012, all DSP recipients are able to engage in paid employment for less than 30 hours a week without their payment being suspended or cancelled, and receive a part‑pension subject to the usual means testing arrangements.

This encourages and supports DSP recipients to start working and to try to work above their assessed capacity.

It also allows people who have participated in employment programs to build their capacity to benefit from the skills they have gained.

It provides more flexibility for employers who may want employees to work more hours.

Working 30 or more hours a week

If a DSP recipient starts working for 30 hours a week or more, their DSP will stop, but it may be suspended (that is, held open) for up to two years, rather than cancelled. This means that if the person starts working less than 30 hours a week within two years of their DSP stopping, they can return to DSP without having to claim it again. People whose DSP stopped due to working 30 hours a week or more continue to have access to the Pensioner Concession Card for a year from their DSP stopping.

More information

For more information about working while in receipt of DSP see the Helping People to Work Fact Sheet:

For more information about other changes to DSP from 1 July 2012, see the Participation Requirements for certain DSP recipients.

For further information about working and the impact on payments visit:

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