1.1.S.110 Severely disabled (DSP)


For the purposes of DSP, a recipient is severely disabled if the recipient:

  • has a physical, psychiatric or intellectual impairment, or 2 or all of these impairments, which make the recipient:

    • totally unable to work for at least the next 2 years, and
    • unable to benefit within the next 2 years from participation in a program of assistance or a rehabilitation program, or
  • is permanently blind (1.1.P.210).

A recipient is accepted as being severely disabled if their impairment prevents them from:

  • doing any work for 8 hours a week or more for the next 2 years, and
  • benefiting from training, education or rehabilitation to the extent of being able to work at least 8 hours a week.

Note: Recipients who have been accepted as having a manifest inability to work are not necessarily severely disabled. The critical matter is the severity of the condition.

Example: Recipients may be accepted as being severely disabled without a medical examination if they have:

  • a terminal illness such as AIDS (group IV HIV infection),
  • severe degenerative neurological conditions, or
  • severe disabilities as a result of head injuries.

Recipients who receive a special rate disability pension from DVA because of blindness or total and permanent incapacity for work are accepted as being severely disabled.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(4B) For the purposes of this Act, a person is severely disabled…

Policy reference: SS Guide Payability of DSP, 7.1 Conditions for payment outside Australia, 7.2 Arrangements for payment outside Australia

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