Submission to Senate inquiry into Purpose, Intent and Adequacy of Disability Support Pension

In our submission to this inquiry, Mental Health Australia outlined the importance of the Disability Support Pension as a component of a fair social security system, and the need to recognise the right of people with disability to an adequate standard of living, and participation in employment and community life. This is particularly important for people with primary psychosocial disability who make up the largest cohort of people receiving DSP, but face significant barriers to proving eligibility for the payment.

Mental Health Australia has called on the Australian Government to implement the recommendations of previous inquiries to improve income support for people with disability, including providing support to complete applications, increasing the number of hours DSP recipients can work without losing eligibility, and independent review and regular indexation to keep payment rates in line with reasonable costs of living.

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