This topic applies to people who are subject to the 30 hour rule for DSP qualification.
For people who are subject to the 15 hour rule, refer to 184.108.40.206.
People who are self-employed may still qualify for DSP if they have an impairment rating of at least 20 points under the Impairment Tables (1.1.I.10) and a CITW (1.1.C.330). Any income earned from self-employment is subject to the pensions income test. With exceptions (e.g. for assessment for RA), the pensions income test is generally not applied to DSP blind.
A self-employed person who works less than 30 hours per week may qualify for DSP, if their capacity to work 30 hours or more per week is limited solely by their medical condition.
From 1 July 2012 certain DSP recipients under age 35 will be subject to participation requirements as part of qualification for DSP.
A DSP recipient under age 35 subject to participation requirements, who is working or studying in an approved course of study, will have modified participation requirements.
Those who are working or in an approved course of study will be required to attend an initial interview and to develop and sign a participation plan but will be exempt from attending ongoing interviews while working or studying.
Act reference: SSAct section 94A Participation requirements, section 94B Participation plans
Policy reference: 220.127.116.11 Participation Requirements for DSP Recipients
A self-employed person who works 30 or more hours per week may qualify for DSP. The following factors will be considered in determining whether such a person has a CITW:
The level of profitability of the business is not, in itself, a good indicator of whether the activities performed by the person are equivalent to open employment.
Act reference: SSAct section 94(5) Meaning of 'work'
A self-employed person who receives NEIS payment may still qualify for DSP.
For a NEIS recipient to remain qualified for DSP, the person must continue to satisfy the 30 hour rule qualification criteria.
Payments made under NEIS are excluded from the ordinary income test under SSAct section 8(8)(t) and subject to the NEIS provisions under SSAct Part 3.15.
Act reference: SSAct section 8(8) Excluded amounts-general, Part 3.15 New Enterprise Incentive Scheme
Last reviewed: 2 July 2012