Disability Support Pension

Accessing the Disability Support Pension (DSP) can be a complicated process. The fact sheet at the bottom of this page provides a brief introduction to the DSP and tips for preparing your application.

If you would like more detailed support, we encourage you to refer to Emerge Australia’s DSP webinar series, alongside the fact sheet. To access the recorded webinars please click here for NDIS and here for DSP

We also have a number of links and resources to help you with the process of applying for DSP. A lot of these materials are also referred to in the webinar.

  • Emerge Australia’s DSP webinar slides, download here
  • a sample letter asking your GP to respond to the impairment tables for your DSP application can be found on page 8 of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) pdf from Victoria Legal Aid, download here

Please note that Emerge Australia is not currently able to provide an individual (one to one) advocacy service but we will answer questions where we can. You can find a list of organisations who are able to give individual help and assistance in your local area by clicking through to the Disability Advocacy Finder here.

DSP Help

A free online resource called DSP Help has been launched to help people navigate the complex process of accessing the Disability Support Pension (DSP).

This resource explains the DSP clearly in plain English as well as the eligibility criteria, how to get suitable medical evidence and how to approach an application. An online chatbot also helps users navigate the application process. 

The initiative is available nationally and is provided by Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV), an independent community legal centre providing free legal services in relation to social security and Centrelink matters. 

Click here to navigate to DSP Help

You can also get in touch with our Patient Support and Information Service to ask questions about DSP here.

Click on the fact sheet to open in a new page.

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