Most disability support pension appeals rejected, in line with Centrelink’s tough approach

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has refused 83 appeals against Centrelink decisions on DSP since January.Human services minister Senator Marise Payne — who oversees Centrelink — backed the three-tiered appeals ­system, which allows full transparency for applicants.DSP applicants, after being refused by Centrelink officers, can take their cases to an ­authorised review officer, the Social Services… Read More Most disability support pension appeals rejected, in line with Centrelink’s tough approach

Psychiatrists reject plan for mental health curbs on disability support pension

The peak body representing Australian psychiatrists has rejected the proposal that only people with a ”permanent impairment” should get the disability support pension, saying the plan fails to understand the nature of mental illness.The interim report of the McClure welfare review suggested the disability pension should be reserved for people with a permanent impairment and… Read More Psychiatrists reject plan for mental health curbs on disability support pension

Behind the labels: who is really on the disability support pension and why

The Abbott government’s landmark review into the welfare system has suggested that only people with a permanent disability and no capacity to work should receive the disability support pension.In response, the Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has said that the ”real issue” with the DSP is that it has been a ”set and forget payment”… Read More Behind the labels: who is really on the disability support pension and why