1.1.M.30 Manifest grants (DSP)


For the purposes of DSP, the term manifest grants means grants made where policy allows a DSP claim to be determined, based on the presenting medical evidence (1.1.M.100) without the need for further assessment.

Manifest grants may only be made where a person:

  • has a terminal illness (life expectancy of less than 2 years with significantly reduced work capacity during this period)
  • has permanent blindness (meets the test for permanent blindness for social security purposes)
  • has an intellectual disability where supporting evidence clearly indicates an IQ of less than 70
  • has an assessment indicating the person requires nursing home level care
  • has category 4 HIV/AIDS, or
  • is in receipt of a DVA disability pension at special rate (totally and permanently incapacitated (TPI)).

Two lists of medical conditions are available to help decision makers determine whether a person falls within some of the above manifest categories, namely, terminal illness, nursing home level care, and/or intellectual disability. These lists do not contain conditions relating to the manifest categories of permanent blindness and 4 HIV/AIDS.

Policy reference: SS Guide Qualification for DSP - 30 hour rule, Qualification for DSP - 15 hour rule, Manifest grants & rejections for DSP

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