The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

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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