A person who receives DSP under an agreement will need that agreement to determine whether their payment is portable or not, and whether it is portable in the short or long term. Most agreements that include DSP allow for indefinite portability to the agreement country, (but non-severe DSP going to Austria or Germany is limited to only 13 and 26 weeks respectively), and limited portability to third countries for temporary absences. This means that people receiving DSP under an agreement may have their payment of DSP limited to 6 weeks if they leave Australia or the agreement country temporarily.
Note: There is no portability period if the person is leaving Australia or the agreement country permanently unless the person is terminally ill (SSAct section 1218AA).
Act reference: SSAct section 1218AA Unlimited portability period for disability support pension
A person who receives DSP autonomously may need an agreement to guarantee long term portability into an agreement country. The relevant agreement chapter needs to be checked to determine whether long term portability is applicable. Agreements limit long term portability into an agreement country to only those who are severely disabled.
See 188.8.131.52 for details on how to treat people who were getting DSP before 1 November 1991 and who were overseas immediately before 20 September 2000.
Last reviewed: 2 January 2013