How much is the Disability Support Pension

The amount of Disability Support Pension (DSP) payment in Australia depends on various factors, including the individual’s personal circumstances and whether they are single or in a partnered relationship. If you’re under 21, it depends on if whether you are assessed as dependent or independent. You may get a different rate if you’re on the transitional rate of pension. The maximum basic rates of DSP per fortnight are as follows:

  • If you’re younger than 21

If you’re younger than 21 and don’t have any dependent children in your care, there are different rates. In this case, the amount of DSP you get depends on whether we assess you as dependent or independent.

Your situation Maximum rate per fortnight
Single, younger than 18, and dependent $477.70
Single, younger than 18, and independent $707.60
Single, 18 to 20, and dependent $534.20
Single, 18 to 20, and independent $707.60
A couple, and younger than 21 $707.60

Whether you’re dependent or independent, your parents’ or guardians’ income won’t affect how much payment you can get. These rates include Youth Disability Supplement. They don’t include Pharmaceutical Allowance and Energy Supplement.

You’ll asked questions about your situation when you claim. You may need to give proof of your living situation, relationship or work status when you claim. You must tell if your circumstances change.

  • If you’re 21 or older, or younger than 21 but with a child in your care
Pension rates per fortnight Single Couple each Couple combined Couple each
separated due to ill health
Maximum basic rate $971.50 $732.30 $1,464.60 $971.50
Maximum Pension Supplement $78.40 $59.10 $118.20 $78.40
Energy Supplement $14.10 $10.60 $21.20 $14.10
TOTAL $1064.00 $802.00 $1,604.00 $1064.00

These amounts are the maximum rates and can be reduced based on income and assets. Additional supplements and allowances may also be available, such as Rent Assistance or Pharmaceutical Allowance, depending on the individual’s circumstances.

It’s important to note that payment rates can change over time as they are subject to periodic adjustments by the government. It is recommended to visit the official website of the Department of Human Services or contact their helpline for the most up-to-date information on the current rates of Disability Support Pension in Australia.