Media Release: Tender Bolsters Disability Support Pension Eligibility

15 August 2016

The Hon Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Human Services

A new tender seeking a national provider to conduct medical assessments for people claiming and receiving Disability Support Pension (DSP) has been released today.  

Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge said the procurement ensures independent doctors assist in assessing medical evidence provided by claimants for the purposes of determining DSP eligibility. 

“Over the last two years, the Australian Government has introduced a range of measures to uphold the integrity of the welfare system and ensure support goes to those who need it,” Minister Tudge said.  

“We owe it to every individual to consider their employment potential to make sure Disability Support Pension is the right payment for their circumstances.  

“Using Government-contracted doctors to conduct Disability Medical Assessments adds additional rigour to the assessment process.” 

Government-contracted doctors meet with claimants and review evidence before providing advice to the Department of Human Services. The department remains responsible for deciding whether payment should be granted or not.    

“Since January last year, contracted doctors have conducted more than 10,000 Disability Medical Assessments,” Minister Tudge said.  

“The tender continues independent assessments for the next three years for both new claims and reviews of current recipients.  

“The Government is pleased to be progressing this open tender process which follows the limited tender process carried out last year.” 

The tender for the provision of medical assessments closes 9 September 2016. 

More information is available at www.tenders.gov.au