2014-15 DSP Budget Measures

The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is an income support payment for people with a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairment who are unable to fully support themselves through paid work.

The Australian Government supports DSP for those who need it, while recognising many people with disability want to work, and benefit from the independence, purpose, dignity and sense of achievement work brings.

What was announced in the 2014-15 Budget?

The 2014-15 Budget measures focus on supporting young people on DSP under 35 to gain and retain employment, where they have capacity.

Compulsory participation requirements

From 1 July 2014, DSP recipients under 35 who have work capacity of eight hours per week will have a compulsory work-focused activity added to their DSP participation plan.

This might include activities such as:

  • active participation with an Employment Service Provider
  • education or training that promotes work readiness
  • job search, work experience, or rehabilitation activities to overcome individual barriers.

Review of DSP recipients

From 1 July 2014 the eligibility of DSP recipients under 35 who were granted DSP between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011 will be reviewed.

DSP recipients in this group will have a comprehensive review of their qualification for DSP. Reviews will be conducted by health professionals from the Department of Human Services, who will use the revised Impairment Tables and reassess work capacity.

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