Disability Documents
Assessing ability to work for Disability Support Pension

This page includes 3 types of documents:

  1. An introductory letter you can show your doctor
  2. The tables Centrelink uses to assess how your illness or disability affects your ability to work
  3. Templates you can give your doctor to help them provide medical evidence to Centrelink

To get Disability Support Pension you need to get 20 points from the Impairment Tables.

You can add points from different tables to get to a total of 20, but if you can’t get 20 points from a single table, you may need to do a Program of Support (which usually includes job preparation or injury management).

Introductory Letter for Your Treating Doctor
Download a copy here.
Disability Support Pension Impairment Tables

These are the tables Centrelink use to assess how your illness or disability affects your ability to work.

Table 1 – Functions requiring Physical Exertion and Stamina
Table 2 – Upper Limb Function
Table 3 – Lower Limb Function
Table 4 – Spinal Function
Table 5 – Mental Health Function
Table 6 – Functioning related to Alcohol, Drug and Other Substance Use
Table 7 – Brain Function
Table 8 – Communication Function
Table 9 – Intellectual Function
Table 10 – Digestive Function
Table 11 – Hearing and other Functions of the Ear
Table 12 – Visual Function
Table 13 – Continence Function
Table 14 – Functions of the Skin
Table 15 – Functions of the Consciousness