1.1.T.160 Treating doctor (DSP, SA)


For the purposes of DSP and SA, a treating doctor is a medical practitioner who has or has had the responsibility for the treatment of a person's condition.

A medical practitioner is a person registered and licensed as a medical practitioner under a state or territory law that provides for the registration or licensing of medical practitioners.

Note: SA closed to all new entrants on 20 March 2020 and ceases on 20 September 2020.

Those receiving SA before 20 March 2020 may continue to receive the payment for the length of their medical certificate, as long as they remain eligible, or may transfer to JSP (

From 20 March 2020, SA recipients who require income support after their current medical certificate expires must transfer to JSP or another income support payment.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'medical practitioner'

Policy reference: SS Guide Medical & Other Evidence for DSP, Assessment of SA

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020