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Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at 5:03 pm
Luke Michael
Advocates say people with disability need extra support to get through the COVID-19 pandemic


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Calls to extend coronavirus supplement to DSP recipients
Tuesday, 24th March 2020 at 5:03 pm

Advocates say people with disability need extra support to get through the COVID-19 pandemic

The Morrison government is being urged to extend its coronavirus supplement to the Disability Support Pension, after recipients were excluded from this latest stimulus measure.

This coronavirus supplement – a $550 fortnightly increase to unemployment payments for six months – will be paid to both new and existing recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance Jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit. 

On Monday night, the government agreed to extend the supplement to students and apprentices, but there was no reprieve for Disability Support Pension (DSP) recipients.

People on the DSP will instead be given two separate $750 payments over the coming months. 

People With Disability Australia CEO Jeff Smith said the coronavirus supplement was needed to keep people on the DSP safe and healthy.

“While we are very pleased to finally see an increase in JobSeeker Payments, which will benefit the many people with disability and chronic illness who are living in extreme poverty, we know that all people with disability are doing it tough in the current crisis,” Smith told Pro Bono News. 

“People with disability are overwhelmingly telling us how much they need this extra money to cope with this public health emergency. Many services we rely on are being closed or withdrawn, adding to the expenses we already face.”

PWDA is also calling for all mutual obligation requirements to be suspended, a halt to any expansion of the cashless welfare card, and an end to robodebt. 

The Australian Unemployed Workers Union and Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) are among the other organisations demanding DSP recipients are included in the coronavirus supplement.

YACVic CEO Katherine Ellis said young people with a disability needed extra relief.

“The disruption of support workers, services and supplies that are essential to their health and wellbeing means it is crucial that young disabled people have the means to access additional support,” Ellis said. 

The Greens have vowed to continue fighting for DSP recipients to be included, but Social Services Minister Anne Ruston indicated on Monday that the government had no plans to extend the payment.

However an amendment to stimulus legislation on Monday gives the minister the power to expand eligibility for the supplement any time over the next six months.

In the meantime, the coronavirus supplement means the JobSeeker Payment will temporarily be higher than the DSP.

But PWDA said DSP recipients considering changing to another jobseeker allowance should first seek advice around this, as they may not qualify to return to the DSP after the supplement is no longer available.

New NDIS measures 

Meanwhile, the government has announced extra measures to support National Disability Insurance Scheme recipients throughout the pandemic.

NDIS plans will be extended by up to 24 months, face-to-face planning will be mainly shifted to telephone meetings, and there will be a proactive outreach approach to high-risk participants and data sharing with states and territories to ensure continuity of support.

Providers will also be given financial assistance so they can keep employing their staff. 

NDIS Minister Stuart Robert said the government could and would make further changes as needed.

“We have been consulting with NDIS, disability and health stakeholders to understand what actions we need to take to minimise the impact that COVID-19 may have on people with disability, their families, and the network of providers and workers that support them,” Robert said.

“We have a concerted and responsive plan of action to ensure that people with disability can continue to receive the support they need, and that providers have what they need to continue delivering their essential services in these extraordinary circumstances.”


Luke Michael  |  Journalist  |  @luke_michael96

Luke Michael is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.


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  • Andrew says:

    As a Disability receiver for many years and not working it has really angered me that this government has let us down we’re getting a had out of 750$ that money will be gone in 3 weeks on medication alone just for me. Now I agree giving the people who have lost their Job should get the new start at $550 but to extend it to existing job hunters is a joke.
    The Disability and Pensioners are the one who are doing it tough not the long term unemployed.
    So come on Morrison help us to get the burden of our backs.

    regards Andrew

    • klaus says:

      i think thats great just like the rudd goverment it should entile every one who is on dsp or jobstart should be increased to standard of living if you look at in germany there pensions due to population is around 3grand per month compared to us here in australia as the old saying is the rich get richer and the poor gets poorer

    • Avatar Debbie king says:

      DSP for under 21 is 411 a fortnight why arnt they in tilted to the 550 come on Scott Morrison this young people should be treated the same just because they have a disability the same as the older over 21 this people also need help Carers who do amazing jobs looking after there love ones they also need help if single parents are getting the 550 for taking care of their kids why aren’t Carers who take care of their children and love one

      • Avatar Cherrie says:

        I agree I’m a single parent looking after my 4yr old son with a disability on Carers payment and get nothing it’s so unfair we all miss out

  • Avatar Marita Pearce says:

    People on disability always miss out why are we treated differently to others so unfair

    • John says:

      Im on disability pensoin and the truth is our goverment think we are a burdon on there system and not worth saving they can’t say this in public but it’s so abvious when they prime minister morrison and even labour leader hasn’t once mentioned the disabled people and how we are more vunrable with heath issues already making lots of us at high to extreme risk of death from covid19 virus. Morrison allways saying we need help our most vunriable and we all need to sacrifice then makes the most sacrifice the most how does this work ? We don’t wasn’t want more than others from the goverment in there stimulus to survive this financial and medical crisis bu but how about the same as other welfare users are given

  • Avatar jonesgayle77@gmail.com says:

    How can we help lobby the Gov to be equal to those whom are receiving much needed financial support due to this unstoppable covic19.
    Does the Gov not understand we disabled people have struggled not only financialy , mentally, phisicaly , emotionally prior to the epic of c19.
    We’ve struggled for years, n our issues are NOT going away after the c19 clears up, we still WILL have our disabilities way after the world returns to normal ,so come on how can we make Mr Morrioson n his team Pay Us DSP the eqivilant to jobseekers.

    so we to can pay our bills, buy food n not have to put products back on shelfs as we try to budget, allow us to NOT become more depressed due to our disabilities , be financialy supported . Y should we miss out, how can we force the Gov hand to make changes for DSP ASAP.
    THANK YOU EVERY ONE THAT IS TRYING TO HELP US ON DSP, LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP U TO INSURE THE GOV IS LISTENING N MAKE THIS CHANGE FOR ALL DSP .THANKS

    • Avatar Casey says:

      Here’s what the increase over 6 months ACTUALLY looks like, over 6 months, the difference between the ‘always higher than Newstart DSP’, plus the $1500 bonus to DSP recipients brings it to $5,038.80 more than the standard Newstart, and Newstart with the $550 increase plus the bonus $750 brings it to $7,350 -so Newstart recipients will be getting an extra $2,311.20 over 6 months.. So I definitely think DSP recipients should get another 1 off bonus of $2,311.20 (or that amount divide by 12, per fortnight as part of their regular payments over 6 months), but not the $550 per fortnight. This way, everyone gets the same bonus over 6 months. That would be the only fair way to do it. But don’t forget, before and after the 6 months, DSP recipients will be getting $294.90 MORE than jobseekers.. This is probably the reason they thought it ‘fair’ to give jobseekers a boost, even if only temporarily..

  • Avatar Helen says:

    The people who do my house care package have requested $8 per hour for shopping. It would take a couple of hours a fortnight, so $16 for someone to buy my groceries. Everything has gone up in price. It will be difficult to survive, the supplement could have made things easier. $750 x 2 will not go that far.

  • Avatar Kathy Spencer says:

    I get less than $1,075 a fortnight on the DSP so am I eligible for the coronavirus supplement of $550 fortnite

  • Avatar Naomi Yates says:

    Scott Morrison your coronavirus stimulus package is an absolute joke. I’m not saying people who have recently lost there jobs don’t deserve financial assistance BUT they are not the only one’s who do. Think about those who are on a disability payment, the cost involved with that and your slap in the face economic payment of $750. We are struggling too and your acknowledgment of that and your financial assistance should also extend to those already doing it tough on disability..

  • Avatar Brian MacDonald says:

    I’m on a dsp and it puzzles me why we are left behind as I compare my fortnightly payments with newstart and after all expenditures newstart have always been left with more disposable income than me. For example a friend of mine after all expenditures is left with $580 and I’m left with $450 and I’ve not paid for my medications yet. Australia is supposed to be the lucky country. Could someone please follow this up for all of us. Regards Brian Macdonald

    • Avatar Casey says:

      You can’t compare ‘after expenditures’ though, I’m on Newstart AND get maximum rent assistance, but after paying just my rent alone ($460 per fortnight) I’m left with $252 a fortnight! That’s before paying for internet, phone, food, medication, electricity bills etc. Also, to get into public housing in a reasonable time frame you need to have some sort of barrier (eg, disability or currently homeless etc -even then you still have to go on a waiting list but it’s a lot quicker -for anyone else who doesn’t qualify to jump the queue it’s more than a 25 year waiting list. I have various ongoing medical conditions, but don’t quite qualify for the DSP just yet. They keep making it more difficult to get, about 42% of Newstart recipients once would have been accepted onto the DSP, but not now -so almost half of us are dealing with the same barriers but with less money AND having to pay expensive private rent.

  • Jodi says:

    I am a single parent on DSP. I have 2 children, one is also disabled and I am also her carer. We are the only group of parents on benefits that are not eligible for the $550 coronavirus payment. My expenses have already gone up a lot because my disabled daughter suffers extreme anxiety (so bad she is unable to attend mainstream schooling). We have been having to consult with her Psychiatrist twice a week since all this Corona Virus media started. She has been put on a new medication that is not on the PBS but we are not entitled? My immune system is suppressed so I have had to cancel all our carers because I cannot afford to risk my health and having people come into our house was making my daughter more anxious. I am also now trying to do home schooling without the support of our workers. We are having to order our groceries online which is turning out more expensive then having our carers grab groceries for us like I used to. Our kids deserve the same as all other children. All single parents on Centrelink are receiving this $550 except people on DSP and carers. Our kids matter too.

    • Avatar Lisa says:

      I’m in the same situation basically, I have 3 kids and am extremely sick suffering the extra costs. Not only are we mothers like people on parenting payment but we’re sick parents mostly doing it allot harder! This just isn’t fair we miss out when we are in the same parenting boat as them, but with extra worries too 🙁

    • Avatar Amy says:

      I’m the same as you , on a disability pension, and a single parent to 4 children ,I’m on Chemotherapy tablets and autoimmune injections so I’ve been self isolating and home schooling all my children , it’s affected all our lives in every way, financially, emotionally and I’ve extreme anxiety , I’m spending more money on shopping as well and more cleaning products and hand sanitizers to keep my kids and I safe , just so sad that we have Been left out of this package as well. So unfair don’t our children matter scott Morrison !!!

  • Avatar Mark Lambert says:

    That’s so not fair, Scomo pull your finger out. As a dsp receiver, i can tell you 1st hand its hard as it is, let alone with this corana going on. Tell me (& ill wait).. what would you do.. being disabled, secluded anyways then to be further forced into that seclusion. Therapy costs along with the medication bills alone are all run on a very fine line, then for that to be multiplied or put in to shortage is very distressing. All this is said too with no hope of most not being able to afford bulk buying & go without..
    Come walk with or ride in our wheelchairs.. try our shoes on Scomo.. come see our fears that we face with a flu epidemic directed more so towards us.. That’s right.. yes WE the WEAK
    I’ll wait Scotty

    • Avatar Ryan King says:

      It is unbelievable us dsp recipients are left out, when we are struggling, how are we meant to feel when we are from what I can tell the only Centrelink payment not qualifying for stimulus package except ages pensioners …… it leaves me feeling like being disabled is put at the bottom of the list in society just what we need …. hopefully government sees this is an error and includes us …. still time and they have the power with new legislation passed ! I’m Hopeful ……

  • Avatar Mick says:

    The disabled miss out again

    • Avatar J says:

      Absolutely agree with everyone.
      Being on my own, having to deal with ongoing bills, meds, Dr’s payments and a limited, unshelved food items, + issues as to why I am now on a DSP, it appears it is grossly unfair that we only get x2 payments of $750.
      I still have NOT received the first promised installment & now Newstart recipients, I do feel for those losing their jobs due to the virus situation), getting more than our allocated share, fortnightly amount. Well only having REAL access to shops during 7 -8 am is a joke inclusive !

  • Avatar Carol says:

    Some parents are on DSP instead of parenting payment or job seekers payment as we have disabilities. I’m a single mum of 4 with multiple disabilities and health issues, I would rather work if I could but it’s not possible to work full time (or even get someone to give me a job with my back issues as well as being a carer). I’m also a full time carer to my kids with disabilities/health issues. Not to mention it’s still my responsibility to cover most of the cost of my 19yo sons medical and living costs as youth allowance dependent is not much at all.
    Us on DSP have higher costs already for medical needs ect, then add the fact of the ones like me that are also parents (especially to kids/teens with disabilities or health issues) we have even more expenses and responsibilities then most on parenting or Newstart.

  • Avatar Bridget Cameron says:

    The Morrison Government base this heartless and immoral decision because people who are with a disability apparently don’t work or pay taxes or contribute to the economy! What a joke! Many people with disabilities do work and lots of that work is behind the scenes, unpacking boxes, doing the night shift, in sheltered workshops, or otherwise assisting in the disability sector and broader economy. They paint, they pick up rubbish from parks, they laugh, they have children, they struggle like everyone else, and many do pay their taxes and all have to buy things in the marketplace like everyone else. Those that do not work are often incapable through no fault of their own, and many are discrimated against in the workplace, just as the government have done with this very unAustralian decision! Many people with disablilities volunteer their services across the welfare/arts sector because they do want to make a contribution and they do matter! Do those in power have no heart, nor conscience, just wallets? Just look at the fact and don’t discount people with disabilities, because they count! And, most importantly it often costs more to live with a disability, extra costs in transport, delivering food and extra support services across the board! It is time for the government to be accountable for this decision and to live up to its own anti-discrimination act! Not happy Scott! Your privilege is showing!

    • Avatar Mathew H says:

      Well everything you buy with your dsp payment has gst so you pay a lot of taxes even if you never work. On top of that you spend your money in shops which helps support the shop keepers.

  • Tim says:

    My brother and I are both house bound, when the supermarket delivery services were cut off we did not have enough food in the house to last although we have now received our first delivery from woolworths it was not complete and prices have risen. In the interim we were forced to order home delivered food from local restaurants using Menulog this was outrageously expensive as you can imagine but it was either that or starve. If prices continue rise and supermarket stocks continue to be limited the increase in our expenses will be disastrous we do not want to be forced to rely on charity we both had long working careers and paid our taxes we don’t understand why the Morrison Government has left us, among the most vulnerable to the virus, without the financial support to stay safe during this emergency while supporting so many others that were already on social security before the emergency.

  • Avatar Bridget Cameron says:

    The Morrison Government base this heartless and immoral decision because people who are with a disability apparently don’t work or pay taxes or contribute to the economy! What a joke! Many people with disabilities do work and lots of that work is behind the scenes, unpacking boxes, doing the night shift, in sheltered workshops, or otherwise assisting in the disability sector and broader economy. They paint, they pick up rubbish from parks, they laugh, they have children, they struggle like everyone else, and many do pay their taxes and all have to buy things in the marketplace like everyone else. Those that do not work are often incapable through no fault of their own, and many are discrimated against in the workplace, just as the government have done with this very unAustralian decision! Many people with disablilities volunteer their services across the welfare/arts sector because they do want to make a contribution and they do matter! Do those in power have no heart, nor conscience, just wallets? Just look at the fact and don’t discount people with disabilities, because they count! And, most importantly it often costs more to live with a disability, extra costs in transport, delivering food and extra support services across the board! It is time for the government to be accountable for this decision and to live up to its own anti-discrimination act! Not happy Scott! Your privilege is showing!

  • Avatar Lee says:

    I’ve never understood why the dsp payment is so low as we have been recognised that we are permanently unable to work and generate our own income yet we get the same amount as someone looking for work or studying, which is a temporary situation for them, we are unable to work for the rest of our live so we have no super to back up on, I think people on a dsp should get at least a payment that is equal to a minimum wage. It’s an outrage that we are once again being left behind, we need the Coronavirus $550 supplement as much as everyone else

    • Avatar Mathew H says:

      Its not that we are permanently unable to work, its that we are permanently disabled which effects our quality of life and effects our ability to work. I am on dsp but still try to work. Full time employment is impossible for me though atm.

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  • Miz says:

    So a parent on parenting payment with even only one child will receive the $550 I myself on dsp with 4 will receive only the $750 one offs
    This is so heart breaking my kids are going to be going without

  • Avatar Nicole Waechter says:

    I’m on DSP and I have a 13yr old but only initiated to the $750

  • Avatar Stephen says:

    I don’t understand. I am on a disability pension and work part time about 15 hours per week. I am also a full-time single parent. I am surprised that those on a parenting payment will get a significant increase while DSP remains the same. One of my friends who also works part time is on a single parent payment in the exact same circumstance I am In. She is working 15 hours a week with a child and received a parenting payment and now get the increase. We are currently in the same circumstances as each other but she will get more simply because of the type of payment she is on. Doesn’t make sense. My cost of schooling and food electricity and rent etc. is the same as what hers is yet simply because she’s on a parenting payment she will be better off now.

    • Avatar Sab says:

      Im the same a single parent on a dsp and I too work 3 days a week. Soon we might be put off and I’m worried about I’m going to survive. I have depression and other issues too. I ask my self the same thing too

  • Avatar Stephen says:

    Surely there is a way to hold the government accountable? Can we not launch a class action on grounds of discrimination?

  • Avatar Jack says:

    Hello name is jack and I also recieve the dsp ever since my head on car accident it left me a messed up person mentally and physically. I also have a son and I was tearing up reading these comments what is the government thinking extra for people who can work but not for us people who can’t support themselves .I don’t know what to say but we are Australian and we are the ones that need the most help i! Please mr mo extend the support for us on the dsp we are left to always do it the hard way no matter the circumstances!

  • Avatar Nicole says:

    Why is it that the DSP I get less than $650 in my hand a fortnight and I have to pay for medication petrol food living expenses everything and I am probably left it about $35 for the whole fortnite how the hell are we left out of this again why are we in a different we are worse off $750 will not last long I mean another $750 6 months later will not last long and we haven’t even got yet I’ve gotta wait until the end of April why

  • Avatar Liz says:

    My son, being my carer, had to stop working at Woolworths where he has worked for the past 4 years, as i have an autoimmune disease and we needed to minimise my exposure. He is also a Uni student. Our household has lost income due to his ceasing work with no help. After today’s announcement of increasing the income threshold for partners to be able to claim Centrelink, i know of a family of 4, hubby who works, wife who has not worked in 20 years, but can now claim Centrelink and their 2 children on Newstart living at home, who will now be $2,200/fortnight better off with no loss of wages or job. Surely this is not what the payments are intended for, and as a country we will be spending billions on similar circumstances. Please, help where help is needed.

  • Avatar Kim wells says:

    My wife looks after me and she receives carers and disability,i can not go outside due to my uncontrolled diabetes type 2 , epilepsy (grand mal ) we can not afford the medication.
    this is the bit i do not understand though,why is no one speaking to the people that make these decisions about dsp,carers, and so on eg Morrison.
    also the money side of it is a joke for us 1500 dollars compared to a fortnightly payment of 550 on top of what they get,just do the same for dsp as newstart get because they get the first 750 as well,also my mental health is shot being cramped up in the house, Unable to get my medication or see my doctor because he does not bulkbill.
    i will leave with myself saying one thing people on dsp ,carers, and so are voters to morrison.

  • Kim says:

    My partner, believes that those of us who are on DSP because we are not old age but are affected by our medical conditions but are of working age feel we should be given the opportunity to purchase housing with aprox. 50% of the property’s value being paid for by the government within approx. 10 years we would of paid approx the money we have borrowed back. The equity in the property by that stage should be equal to enter into the 2nd stage process to start paying back the government’s amount/part at the same of the original mortgage the government’s original price/investment cost. Then we can pay it back with installments and still own our own properties
    We will be then contributing to the economy for almost 20 yrs with a lot more money invested and not just receiving $1500 only in one 6-12 month period and still be able to live the great Australian dream and owning our own property.

  • Avatar Mathew H says:

    I’m on dsp. I had to take out $1000 loan through zippay ($1000 worth of woolworths vouchers payed using zippay) Because I could not buy my normal cheap woolworths brand food because everyone had taken and hoarded the cheaper stuff. Instead of getting food delivered once a fortnight I am having to go into the supermarkets multiple times a day. How much my groceries cost has more then tripled and because of the higher costs for everything I had to get a loan through zippay. I will be paying back $40 to zip for a long time, more money I just dont have. I’m screwed. I appreciate a 750 pay but my groceries have gone from 300 dollars a fortnight to nearly $1000. I’m spending way more on petrol, I have a carer and they are spending more money. I see people long time unemployed before the virus get an extra $550 every pay, I am going to get 2 pays of 750. I just don’t understand this?

  • Avatar cmucchi@gmail.com says:

    Good evening all,
    To start straight off the bat,
    Instead of a $300 increase for long term unemployed you give an extra $150 for them and another $150 for DSP pension per week. Then subsequently give the $300 extra to newly unemployed. It’s pretty simple.

    It is quite a simple strategy that the government must employ and it could have helped everyone. The people who have been unemployed long term don’t get a huge increase on their fortnight payment (only the most recent ones who lost their jobs from the virus should get the double payment).
    It keeps everyone and everyone in a good position to pay bills, medications, groceries etc.
    What I find soul destroying is that the government must believe that people on DSP want to be on it or have been on it all their lives.
    I’m on it after severely injuring my back 3 years ago and I’m 35.
    It causes chronic pain that is unbearable without drugs, hydro pools therapy and Physio. I’ve had all my surgeries cancelled which brings greater stress and greater costs of meds as I need more. in addition it will mean I need to have more counselling and need psychiatrists (I can not afford them with the government mental health care plans as some simply will not recognise them and still charge full price) and because the NDIS is a (no) first organisation and only 10% of people on the DSP get it I was knocked back.

    Does he not believe some of us were in high paying jobs before our misfortune and we gave huge amounts of subsequent tax to the benefit of this country.
    That alone shows everybody the horrible misconception that disabled people are a drain on the economy, simply so biased. I would love to have a day free of pain and not wanting for all this to end.

    I can say in the face of adversity Scott Morrison has tried his best. He did horribly with the fires and floods and is clearly a wingman not a leader, but with the help of his treasurer and the cabinet in general the fact still remains that if a simple punter like me can propose a very fair deal why can‘t the so called big wigs do it too.

    Please let me know what you think

    Chris

  • Avatar Linda Wadey says:

    I am a 63 year old DSP with my husband as my carer. I have been on the pension since 2009. My medicals would horrify you, I spent the best part of 15 years in and out of hospital with one year alone spending 199 nights at RPA. We actually lost our pensions at one time because Social Security could not work out how my husband could care for me alone. After 3 months and much heartache thy admitted we were in the right but said we had brought it to their attention too late. A case of too sad too bad. How come we get forgotten yet again in this funding. I get that the money only goes so far but shouldn’t it be fairer than this. I cannot get NDIS because I am not suffering from metal health isssues, just isolation chronic pain, a bag hanging off my side and no guts. Not my fault. I didn’t choose to be a waste of space, it was horrific medical mistakes that wrote me off and took our superannuation, financial future and feeling of success and being something useful in society, yet we still get punished. Who will help us???? Somebody please listen to the elephant in the room. We need this travesty fixed.

  • Avatar Peter Warner says:

    Yes I agree us disability pension are missing out like always and we are doing it tough as groceries are getting expensive now and I need my medication.

  • Avatar Dimity Macpherson says:

    I’m a 39 yr old mum of 7 kids under 20yrs. my youngest is 6yr old living with me. Now have room home school my child. Y is it that’s parenting payment receive’s this extra yet I’m in same boat just waiting for an operation again. hearing aids etc. no car no child same support as dvo. foods gone up rent has increased everything I have no car. yet we have to home school get pc or tablet. What the hell is wrong with our government. parting payment’s etc laughing & we r crying. It’s so damn wrong & unfair they can’t work cause baby yet we can’t work cause disability. I get no ndis. no mobility allowance no extra then parenting payments. go figure

  • Avatar Joanne says:

    What can we do about it.?

  • Avatar Robyn leicester says:

    All pensioners should have got the same as the jobseekers for 6 months as well

  • Avatar Donna says:

    I agree with all other comments. I am on dsp and hardly get by as it is. With medications costing me a fortune and now shopping prices and delivery, it’s all too much. I think it’s a joke that newstart participants get this extra 550 and we miss out. I have so many more expenses being on dsp, i think all dsp should be getting something extra.

  • Avatar Deb says:

    This is STILL an issue —- Why aren’t the government even addressing the issue? Are we not even worth acknowledging? Are we not entitled to know WHY we have been left out of the $550 increase? How is this ok?
    At the least we should be able to hear answers – the silence is deafening in its indifference

  • Avatar Rosie says:

    I’m on the DSP and I only get $652 a fortnight.
    Thank you Mr Morrison for pretty much saying that we are not a member of society and we don’t need the extra help for the covid-19 as usual kicked of the curb and discriminated absolutely discussed in our government who don’t make it fare for every Australian

  • Avatar Jag says:

    It seems the disabled between 16 and 21 who get less than unemployed, have been forgotten altogether

  • Avatar Kerrie says:

    Some people on a disability pension still work. My son does and we report to Centrelink each fortnight, he only works 10 hours per week so I don’t understand why he doesn’t get it considering he has now lost his job 🙁

  • Avatar nick says:

    hi all I was wondering if there was a group trying to support the DSP and carers getting coronavirus supplement i am not saying Newstart and jobseekers should not get it but I think all centre link payment types should be equal in times of Crysis all Centrelink people on benefits have family food and bills i myself look after and disabled child 24/7 yes I have a ndis plan but ndis does not pay for everything

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