Changes to DSP claims

The assessment process of claims for the Disability Support Pension changed on 1 January.

Changes to DSP claims

The assessment process of claims for the Disability Supprt Pension changed on 1 January and Tony would like to know if his potential claim will be affected.

Q. Tony

I understand that the rules surrounding claiming a Disability Support Pension (DSP) have changed. I have been told by my GP that I may have to give up work due to crippling back pain and I am wondering if I will qualify for any disability pension. What has changed and will I be affected?


A. There has been a change to the supporting documentation required when applying for the DSP, but at the moment, it only applies to those under 35 years of age. From 1 January 2015, those applying for the DSP can no longer use a ‘Treating Doctor Report’ (TDR) as substantiation. Existing medical evidence will need to be provided to the Department of Human Services for assessment.

You will also have to undergo a Job Capacity Assessment (JCA), unless you meet criteria which exempts you from one, and after this, you may be referred for a face-to-face Disability Medical Assessment with a government-approved doctor. The doctor will provide the Department with a report which will confirm:

  • your diagnosis is supported by the evidence
  • your condition is fully diagnosed, treated and stabilised
  • your condition is permanent for the purpose of DSP qualification, and
  • the impairment rating assigned by the JCA using the Impairment Tables is supported by the evidence

Human Services will then make a decision on your claim. From 1 July 2015, all claims, regardless of age of claimant, will be subject to this process.

For further details, visit HumanServices.gov.au.





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    tisme
    9th Jan 2015
    11:12am
    while there are those who could work and dont need the dsp , there are those who can work "BUT " need support etc that isnt available. then there are those who can work an hour a day and wont qualify. trouble is the decision will be made by doctors who work for centrelink and we all know what that means. with all these funding cuts does that mean the govt will pay carers what they owe them??
    Blossom
    9th Jan 2015
    11:51am
    If Centrelink uses the same Doctors as Workcover people better be prepared that they will get them to do physical tests that they are no capable of. I know a girl that had a back problem that she later had major surgery on. Following the tests she walked out of the building, collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital by Ambulance. She had to have rods put in her spine. To do that they have to cut you open back and front. Carers get low pay and some types are taxed too.
    Most employers will not employ you for an hour a day as they have to pay you for a mininum number of hours per day (I think it is either 3 or 4).
    Rob
    9th Jan 2015
    11:37am
    I must admit I like the idea of an independent assessment.
    Kato
    9th Jan 2015
    11:50am
    Yes Rob. As long as the Independent Assessor is as Qualified as the Original Assessor and in the same field.
    pisac1
    18th Jun 2015
    12:16pm
    Independent Assessor is center link Assessor
    PensionTension
    28th Jun 2017
    2:14pm
    You realize they work like insurance co's?, all for them not for you?....i dont! your GP knows you best!!!
    Jacks
    9th Jan 2015
    12:14pm
    John Grayson doesn't want to waste the last two years of his life filling out forms at Centrelink.

    The 33-year-old's worst fears were confirmed on Christmas Eve when he received news that he had a rare stage 3 malignant brain tumour.

    Prior to his initial diagnosis in November, finding a full-time engineering job had been at the top of his priority list.

    Because he is still relatively physically healthy and hasn't begun radiotherapy treatment, he is not classified as disabled and is ineligible for the Disability Support Pension (DSP).

    His priorities have changed dramatically since, but it seems as far as federal government bureaucrats are concerned he still needs to look for work if he wants to receive the Newstart allowance.

    [Newstart appointments] are very time costly, which I have so little of. I'd much rather be visiting friends and relatives before I die," he said.
    tisme
    9th Jan 2015
    12:30pm
    aspergers is another issue , people see only the front , intelligence etc only wen u spend time with them do their differences stand out. two employment agencies in 5 years couldnt fit aspies into a job. u cant give them just any job it wont work. thats why newstart isnt for them
    KB
    16th Aug 2018
    12:02pm
    tisme I agree with you. I have a gardener who has a gardener whose son has autism. Yes he is brilliant with figures but die to speech and other issues could never had a full time job. The government must employ people who are caring and compassionate who can help people with varying degrees of disability,
    niemakawa
    9th Jan 2015
    3:49pm
    The new rules are long overdue.
    KSS
    9th Jan 2015
    4:43pm
    Agree niemakawa.
    tisme
    9th Jan 2015
    6:17pm
    trouble is it wont wipe off those who can work only those who need support
    Foxy
    9th Jan 2015
    5:43pm
    Must admit I was veryyyy surprised to only see 8 comments on this issue .......??? There are lots of people extremely worthy of this "pension" - BUT - I have worked with people (in the past) who "Dr. Shopped" - to get doctors to give them what they wanted so they could go on "disability" - and not have to work! They "all knew" of this particular Indian Dr. who for a fee of $500 - would "write" - and "give" them what they wanted??! Disgusting!
    particolor
    11th Jan 2015
    4:56pm
    Dr Who should be shoved back in His Tardus and sent back to Curryland !!
    Foxy
    11th Jan 2015
    5:31pm
    lol - can always count on you parti for humour n insight! (or should it be "hindsight") ? Big Hugz - always - :-)
    particolor
    12th Jan 2015
    11:45am
    That depends on which Witch part of the Anatomy He Specializes in ??
    particolor
    12th Jan 2015
    11:53am
    PS.. I can remember when I would go to the Doctor and they would be some older Guy or Woman and would Peer over the top of their glasses at You and take some Interest in their Patience ! Not someone who would Scare the pants off Freddy Kruger ??
    Hmmmm
    9th Jan 2015
    10:39pm
    God forbid any of you who live in BUBBLEWORLD to one day be put out of work either by some traumatice instance in life or other unforeseen circumstance

    What world do you people live in,myself I was earning $70,000 plus per year,until I was ADVISED TO HAVE AN OPERATION, have it now or end up on a pension,EXACT WORDS FROM THE ORTOPEDIC SURGEON,YES HAD TWO OPS ,AND NOW CAN'T WORK AT ALL,

    WHO THE HELL IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD GIVE UP $70,000 plus to go on a benefit of under $20,000 per year

    Walk in my shoes or shut the f up
    Young Simmo
    10th Jan 2015
    12:27am
    Hmmmm,
    I am probably in a simular position to your self.
    I was happily working away at 62 years of age for Rio Tinto on $65,000 / year in 2002.
    I had a triple bypass and after 3 months returned to work to be told that my contract would not be renewed, (After 3 years). Apparently the Higherarky decided I would be a wreck. Dumb Bastards, I was 10 times fitter with my reconditioned engine and now 13 years latter are enjoying every second of retirement. Because we live in a very comfy park home in a country town and can save $200 to $400 every pension fortnight we are cruising along happily. In fact I find being retired takes all day and there is no time left to do anything that I don't fancy.
    Jacks
    10th Jan 2015
    12:16pm
    We do not have a disability support problem.

    Of the welfare budget the aged pension takes the lion share at about $36 billion a year, or one-third of the welfare budget and almost 10% of the entire Commonwealth budget.

    Next biggest spender is Payments to families (such as Family Tax Benefit, paid parental leave and childcare support) cost another $26 billion.

    In comparison, the Disability Support Pension costs $15 billion, Newstart costs a paltry $8 billion and Parenting Payments cost even less $5 billion.

    You don't to have an economics degree or even be the treasurer to see there is no monetary spending problem with Disability, Newstart, or single parents pension.

    Even big cuts to these last three programs will yield only limited savings compared to the size of the budget hole.

    The Age Pension is also by far the biggest source of growth in welfare spending. Spending has grown by almost $13 billion in the past ten years. Only about $5 billion of this is due to the ageing population. The rest of the spending growth is because of generous indexation and changes to payment rates and eligibility by successive governments.

    11th Jan 2015
    3:01am
    Young Simmo. You have a great attitude to life.
    Good health to you!
    Paddles
    13th Jan 2015
    11:34am
    Debbie's answer to the question was informative but I bogged down on the phrase "from 1st January 2015 those applying for the DSP".

    I personally know of people on the DSP who have a potential term of nearly 40 years before transitioning to the Aged Pension. Are there any plans for an independent review of existing recipients?

    Nobody can deny that there has been substantial rorting of the system, aided and abetted by shonky medicos and even the Government itself when the unemployment figures were too unpalatable politically. There is a great deal of money to be saved by a comprehensive review of all recipients.
    PensionTension
    28th Jun 2017
    2:16pm
    If they been on DSP 40yrs Id be guessing its permanent disability.
    ballaratboy
    27th Jan 2015
    12:08pm
    Who knows your medical condition better than your own G.P.? Certainly not a Centrelink appointed Dr whose job will be to reject as many applications as is possible.
    tisme
    18th Jun 2015
    12:39pm
    define work ) " hmmmmmm)" im a carer though not legally recognised as a worker i and those like me put in more hours than those who are called workers having to do it all with no support carers like me will more than likely need disablity by the time our caring days are over at 2.50 an hour we are already saving the govt a fortune and its easy to say go back to work but who will care if carers dont ?? not the govt that is for sure
    Renny
    6th Nov 2015
    11:25am
    Try having a mental illness like anxiety. It's real but it's invisible. I panic at the very thought of going to a doctor to start the DSP process. I panic about the thought of ever walking into a school again. I was earning over 90k but I was forced to retire early because I just couldn't do it any more. It meant death to me. Now my anxiety impacts every aspect of my life. I have super but it's not nearly enough to live on. Terrified of the future but more terrified of Centrelink and a heartless government. And the ridicule of people who think mental illness is imagined.
    tisme
    6th Nov 2015
    12:01pm
    i know exactly how u feel Renny im battling severe depression and anxiety, i hate going into centrelink having to prove that my daughters autism isnt going away neither are her other issues. that becuase of my issues theres no way i could go out to work even if i wasnt caring. though our local office i havent had any bad experiences so far. i still need the paper work after a slip and fall that i cant claim for im hurting , neck down but i cant prove it
    Renny
    6th Nov 2015
    12:59pm
    Tisme - and the rats in Main stream media have no idea how they make us feel like the enemy. I certainly didn't mean to develop anxiety after a 45 year working life but it happened. I was bullied by a parent then not supported by Principals - plural. I was basically left to recover on my own. Then in a new school with no support or acknowledgement (issues seen as me being difficult) I crashed. I retired to get out of there. I thought I could go back after a while but I react badly when near more than a few kids. I still love kids and my anxiety around them is like being repeatedly hit in the head with an axe. I'd rather it wasn't. But none of it is our fault or our weakness, it's chemical. And some of us can't take medication. I really hope it gets better for you. I hope you're getting support through NDIS for your daughter. Me - I'm going to go back and talk to my doctor where I used to live. I may have to go back to My employers insurer too. The thought makes me ill but they are nicer than my employer. Thanks for sharing. It can be lonely.
    KB
    2nd Feb 2016
    11:32am
    There are various types of disabilities and health conditions which prevent people from working. Assessors need to be well trained and under standing, Carers need to be paid more.
    tisme
    2nd Feb 2016
    11:35am
    a govt doctor told my brother that he could work for an hour a day , there fore he didnt get the dsp , an hour a day??? didnt take into account the time it took to get to and from work when you live out bush


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