Consultation period

1 June 2021 - 5:00 pm To 31 July 2021 - 11:59 pm

Review of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) Impairment Tables



Review of the DSP Impairment Tables

The Social Security (Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for Disability Support Pension) Determination 2011 (the Impairment Tables) will expire on 1 April 2022.

The Impairment Tables are used to determine eligibility for the DSP by assessing how a person’s functional impairment affects their ability to work.

Prior to a new legislative instrument being implemented by 1 April 2022, a review of the Impairment Tables is being conducted.

The department will be seeking the views of stakeholders including people with disability, advocacy and welfare groups, disability peak bodies, and members of the public to inform the development of the new Impairment Tables.

The opportunity to provide comments and input to the review process is available to all interested Peak Body and stakeholder groups, medical and allied health professional groups and individuals.

The  issues paper provides background to the review and the scope of the review.

The current Impairment Tables can be viewed at Federal Register of Legislation – Australian Government.

Access to make a submission on this platform will be available until 31 July 2021.

If you are unable to complete a submission before 31 July 2021, please contact us at to request an extension.

How to contribute to the consultation process

You can contribute to the consultation process of the Impairment Tables by any of the three steps below.

  1. Complete the online guided questionnaire on this page of the DSS Engage website, or
  2. Email a written submission to:, or
  3. Post a written submission to:
    Disability Support Pension Projects Section
    Carer and Disability Payments Branch
    Department of Social Services
    GPO Box 9820
    Canberra, ACT 2601

Planned Stages for the review of the DSP Impairment Tables Legislative Instrument

Stage Planned Timeline Description Stakeholder Involvement
Stage 1


June – July 2021
  • Issues paper released 1 June 2021.
  • Open call for submissions.
  • Initial discussion with stakeholders.
  • Public
  • Core stakeholder streams*
Stage 2



August – September
  • Analysis of submissions
  • Targeted engagement
Stage 3



October – December 2021
  • Drafting of new Legislative Instrument
  • Further consultation on Impairment Tables
  • Core stakeholder streams*
Stage 4

Tabling of new Legislative Instrument


January – April 2022
  • Tabling of the Legislative Instrument in the Parliament.
  • Not applicable

*The department has established three core stakeholder streams for the review of the DSP Impairment Tables Legislative Instrument:

  • Welfare and disability rights organisations
  • Medical specialists
  • Internal stakeholders.

The first three stages will include the opportunity for stakeholders to provide input to the department.