Budget 2014 - Centrelink Disability Support Pension Changes

Disability Support Pension Changes
- Reduced portability 1 January 2015



Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients will only be able to receive DSP for a maximum of four weeks in a 12 month period when travelling overseas before their payment is cancelled. This proposal will apply to all DSP recipients who leave Australia from 1 January 2015.

Under current legislation, DSP recipients can receive payments for up to 6 weeks for each overseas trip.



- Increased reviews and participation requirements for DSP recipients under 35 1 July 2014



DSP recipients under age 35 who were granted DSP between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011 will be reviewed against current impairment tables and have their work capacity assessed.

Compulsory activities may include:

  •   Work for the Dole

  •   job search

  •   work experience

  •   education or training

  •   connecting with a Disability Employment Service or Job Services Australia.