The Senate investigates the rate of disability pensions | Blayney Chronicle


The adequacy of the disability pension will be scrutinized thanks to the Greens.

A Senate committee will review the purpose, intent and adequacy of the disability support pension, with the intention of reporting back by the end of November.

The upper house accepted the motion of Green Senator Rachel Siewert on Thursday, setting up the investigation.

“There have been a series of changes and cost-saving measures in recent years that have reduced the number of people who can access the disability support program,” she said in a statement.

“Since then, there has been a sharp drop in the number of people applying for and being approved for DSP.

“These changes have also seen a significant increase in the number of sick and disabled people on other payments and facing the JobActive and Disability Employment Services system.”

One of the questions senators can consider is whether the payments allow people to maintain an acceptable standard of living that meets the expectations of the community.

The general mandate also includes consideration of whether the pension can support the ability of a person with a disability to find long-term, sustainable and appropriate employment.

Associated Australian Press


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