Changes to Disability Support Pension legislation for travel outside Australia

From 1 January 2015 DSP customers can be paid outside Australia for a temporary absence of, or number of absences totalling 4 weeks (28 days) in a rolling 12 month period. They can also travel outside Australia and be paid under the approved reason portability provisions, up to a maximum of 4 weeks.

  • Days paid DSP while outside Australia are included in the 4 weeks, regardless of the reason for absence.
  • Days paid DSP outside Australia before 1 January 2015 are not included in the 4 weeks.
  • Prior to 1 January 2015 DSP customers could be paid for a temporary absence of 6 weeks.

A transitional provision allows customers who booked and paid before 14 May 2014 for travel outside Australia commencing on or after 1 January 2015 and returning before 1 January 2016 to be paid under the pre 1 January 2015 DSP portability provisions.

International Agreement specific rules:

  • Days paid while outside Australia but in the agreement country, are not counted while paid under that respective agreement country
  • Days paid while outside Australia and the agreement country, are counted in the 4 weeks