Pension payments overseas
Most of the changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP) announced in the Federal Budget 2014 will affect those under 35, with tightened assessments and new programs to ensure those who have the capacity to work can do so. Indexation of pensions, including the DSP, will change from July 2017.
The Federal Government is also moving to tighten the rules surrounding the portability of the DSP, by reducing the length of time a recipient can leave Australia and still be paid the DSP to four weeks per 12-month period. Some exceptions will remain, such as for terminally ill people and those assessed as having a severe impairment.