The Disability Support Pension (DSP) and the Newstart Allowance (NSA) are the two major Commonwealth social assistance programs for people of working age. The DSP is designed to provide financial support to people with permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairments that prevent them from engaging in employment. The NSA provides financial support to people who are unemployed and are looking for work. The benefits provided under the two programs differ substantially. The common fortnightly payment rate for a single person residing in Australia and receiving the DSP is $926.20 (as at 20 March 2019). In contrast, the common fortnightly rate for a single person without children receiving the NSA is much lower at $555.70, excluding any additional supplements or allowances. Most people receiving the NSA also have obligations to participate in job seeking.
SOURCE: A Collie, ML Sheehan, A Mcallister. “The Health of Disability Support Pension and Newstart Allowance Recipients.” Monash University, 2019.
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