Friday, June 17 2011
(Confirm details and personal situation with Centrelink, these are general guidance notes)
Recipients of the Disability Support Pension, under the age of 35 years, who are assessed as having a partial work capacity of eight or more hours per week, and who are not working, will be required to attend Centrelink interviews on a quarterly basis for the first 18 months after first receiving a payment and then twice yearly thereafter at an estimated cost to government of $92.8m over four years.
From 3 September 2011, DSP claimants, with the exception of those who are clearly unable to work, will need to provide evidence that they have tested their future work capacity by participating in training or work related activities. In addition, job capacity assessments will be refined to focus on people's potential to work. This measure is expected to save $49.7m over 4 years.
A variety of changes to DSP entitlements and Carers payments affecting those people with disabilities and their carers travelling overseas are expected to save $19m over five years.
Subject to the income test, DSP recipients will now be permitted to work up to 30 hours per week and still retain eligibility for a part-pension for up to 2 years.
In 2012-13 $1m will be made available to up to ten disability employment broker projects, designed to help create job opportunities for people with disabilities and building relationships with employer and industry groups.
Beginning on 1 July 2012, employers will be provided with wage subsidies of $3000 to provide a 26 weeks minimum employment placement to approximately 1000 job seekers with disabilities who have been unemployed for more than 12 months. Up to $2000 will be also be made available to assist employers to provide appropriate training and supervision to employees employed under the Supported Wage Program. In total this measure is expected to cost $11.3m over 3 years.
Mandatory annual ongoing support assessments for Disability Employment Service recipients will cease for those who have had no change in their previous two assessments.