The DSP is a payment for people with a longer-term illness. In order to be eligible, you need to be:

  • at least 16 yrs old and below the current pensionable age
  • have been an Australian resident for at least 10 yrs (with no break in residence for the last five yrs)
  • have a permanent medical condition that prevents you from working 15 hours or more per week within the next two years
  • under the income and assets test limits
  • you must have an impairment rating of at least 20 points, based on the Government published impairment tables