Many people who register with employment services are worried they’ll lose their Disability Support Pension (DSP) if they work and earn an income. This isn’t always true.

People who receive the Disability Support Pension are encouraged to build independence through work. Here are the top 5 questions and key facts about working, earning, or finding a job on the DSP.

1. How much can I earn a week from paid work while receiving the full disability support pension (DSP)?

DSP FACT #1: In most cases you can earn up to $180 a week from paid work and continue to receive your full DSP.

2. How much is my DSP reduced by if I work and earn over $180 per week?

DSP FACT #2: If you earn more than $180 through paid work, your DSP payment is reduced by 40 cents for every dollar you earn over $180.

3. How many hours can I work per week and continue to receive a part of my Disability Support Pension (DSP)?

DSP FACT #3: In most cases, you can work up to 29 hours a week and continue to receive part of your DSP.

4. What happens to my DSP payment if I work over 30 hours per week?

DSP FACT #4: Your DSP will reduce to zero for every week you work over 30 hours. If you continuously work over 30 hours a week for a year, your DSP will be suspended. However, the payment is held open for up to two years in case you need to access it again.

5. Can I continue to use my concession card after my DSP payment are stopped?

DSP FACT #5: You’ll still be able to use your Concession Card for one year after your DSP payments stop.

Want to work while on the DSP? See how the figures stack up.

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You’re always better off financially if you earn an income. Plus you’ll also benefit from earning super, connecting with colleagues, contributing to society and finding fulfillment and purpose in what you do.

Want help finding work while on the DSP? CoAct is Committed to your success

When you register for DES with CoAct, our dedicated local team invests in you from the start. You’ll get one-on-one support with staff who listen to your needs, give you options to reach your goals and build your confidence and skills to help you on your road to success.


Am I eligible for DES?

If you’re a person with a disability, injury or a treated illness or health condition that impacts your ability to find and keep a job, you may be eligible for DES. This includes mental health and wellbeing, chronic health conditions and physical or social disability. More specific eligibility information can be found here.

Before getting started in Disability Employment Services (DES), we’ll check which of the two types of services you qualify for:

  • DES-DMS – Disability Management Service
    If you have a mental health condition, treated illness, injury or disability which might need occasional ongoing support to help you find a job and stay employed.
  • DES-ESS – Employment Support Service
    If you have a permanent disability, treated illness, injury or condition (or it’s likely to be permanent). We’ll provide you with regular, ongoing support to help you find and keep your job.


When do I start receiving support?

If you’re eligible, you’ll start receiving services as soon as possible.

I still have questions

We’re here to help if you have any questions about DES and the DSP. If you need to clarify your situation or condition with us, please let us know. Simply get in touch with our team. You can also visit the Service Australia website for further information about the DSP.

Ready to open the door to a world of opportunity? Register with CoAct today.

At CoAct, your employment needs are our number one priority, no matter what your story. For tailored support with finding and keeping work, get in touch with our friendly team.

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