The size of the DSP population

Around 757,000 people aged 16 and over received Disability Support Pension (DSP) as at 29 June 2018 (3.8% of the Australian population in this age group). Of these, the vast majority (90%) were aged 16–64 (more than 684,000 or 4.3% of the Australian population in this age group).

The DSP is one of Australia’s largest income support payments for people of working age. DSP recipients aged 16–64 account for almost 1 in 3 (30%) of all income support payment recipients aged 16–64, the second largest payment type after unemployment benefits for this age group.

This page focuses on DSP recipients aged 16–64, reflecting the eligible age for starting DSP.