22.214.171.124 Assessment of SA
- the need to provide medical evidence,
- which medical certificates are acceptable, and
- validation of medical certificates.
Recipient to provide medical evidence
A claim for SA must be supported by a certificate from a medical practitioner on the approved form, stating:
- the practitioner's diagnosis (name or description of the condition), AND
- the practitioner's prognosis, AND
- that the recipient is incapacitated for work, AND
- the period for which the recipient is incapacitated for work.
A certificate which is not on the approved form can be accepted in the circumstances described in the table below.
|all of the necessary information is included,||the certificate can be accepted.|
|some of the necessary information is missing,||contact the doctor to obtain it.|
Acceptable medical certificates
Certificates can only be accepted from a person who is registered and licensed as a medical practitioner under a state or territory law.
Examples: Certificates from the following practitioners are NOT acceptable: naturopaths, osteopaths, homeopaths, iridologists, reflexologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, hypnotherapists, podiatrists, optometrists, and physiotherapists.