Changes to DSP

Hidden deeply within the budget is the government’s proposed changes to how those on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) are assessed for work capacity.

A new test for those on the DSP will be conducted by an allied health professional. Coming into effect from 1 July 2011, this is the lead-up to a bigger change which will take place in mid-2012 and aims to get more people into the workforce or off DSP and onto an alternative (cheaper) income support payment.

Those able to provide a medical certificate which substantiates their inability to work will not need to undergo an assessment from 1 July 2010.

For more information on the changes to Job Capacity Assessment and how it may affect your DSP payment, click YOURLifeChoices simple short cut.