Consultation period

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

Review of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) Impairment Tables

Closed

Decorative

Update on the 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) is due to expire on 1 April 2022.

The Department of Social Services has been undertaking a review of the Impairment Tables, including public consultations, prior to making a new instrument.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly delayed the start of the review, which was originally scheduled to commence in 2020. Subsequent lockdowns across Australia have also delayed the finalisation of stakeholder consultations, particularly with individuals with disability.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the Government has made the decision to defer the sunsetting date of the legislative instrument ‘Social Security (Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for Disability Support Pension) Determination 2011’ for 12 months to 1 April 2023.

The Government acknowledges, to date, there has been significant work undertaken, and consultation with stakeholders and individuals on the Impairment Tables. The additional 12 months will allow for extended consultations to occur, as well as additional time to consult with and incorporate feedback from other stakeholders on a new legislative instrument.

The deferral will also provide the opportunity for the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into the Purpose, intent and adequacy of the Disability Support Pension delayed report, where relevant, to be considered in the Impairment Tables review.

Further information about the new planned stages of the review will be published on the Department of Social Services Engage website at www.engage.dss.gov.au/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 DisabilityandCarerPayments@dss.gov.au 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: DisabilityandCarerPayments@dss.gov.au, 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