If you have a temporary Disablement Pension
Working toward rehabilitation is a condition of getting Disablement Pension—unless we accept you’re unable to. Your rehabilitation responsibilities include:
- working with us to set up a rehabilitation plan
- engaging fully in vocational rehabilitation
- attending assessments arranged for you—including vocational reassessment around every 6 months
- supplying a doctor's certificate every 13 weeks—this helps us to tailor the rehabilitation to your needs.
If things change
You'll need to let us know if your circumstances change.
You can apply for an additional condition to be recognised as service-related using the Disablement Pension application form.
Disablement Pension application form [PDF, 496 KB]
If you have a terminal illness or injury
You can apply for a lump sum payment if you have a terminal medical condition that is accepted as service-related.
The lump-sum option gives you:
- a one-off payment—worth 12-months Disablement Pension at the maximum rate, and then
- Disablement Pension again, at the maximum rate, if you survive the 12-month period.
You'll need to:
- complete the Terminal Entitlement application form, and
- send the application form and any supporting information to us.
Download the Terminal Entitlement application form [PDF, 382 KB]
How your pension can stop
Your Disablement Pension will end if you:
- recover from your condition—as confirmed by an appropriately qualified medical professional
- go to prison (you may still be able to receive treatment and rehabilitation if you were getting this before you entered prison)
- pass away—the disablement pension ends 28 days after your death
- don't meet your rehabilitation requirements—we'll notify you before this happens.
If you're getting a Disablement Pension payment for a temporary condition, it will stop if you fail to have a reassessment by a set date.