People with disability who receive the Disability Support Pension (DSP) urgently need access to the increased Coronavirus Supplement of $550 per fortnight, consistent with the Jobseeker Payment and other payments recently announced.
People with disability who are in receipt of DSP are experiencing and facing additional, unforeseen costs in this time of crisis, which is causing significant levels of distress and anxiety, and only serving to further entrench DSP recipients into poverty.
It is well recognised that 50% of people with disability already live in poverty so additional costs at this time are ‘tipping people with disability over the edge.’
Currently, less than 10% of the population of people with disability in Australia are supported by the NDIS and are therefore unable to access and pay for the additional supports and services they may require during this unprecedented crisis.
Our organisations are receiving large volumes of calls and contacts from people with disability who are confused and distressed by the exclusion of DSP recipients from the Coronavirus Supplement of $550 per fortnight.
We urgently ask that the Australian Government act swiftly to include DSP recipients in the Coronavirus Supplement to ensure that people with disability are not further disadvantaged by the impact of the Coronavirus.
We also take this opportunity to reiterate that the Australian Government must immediately suspend all mutual obligation and work for the dole requirements, particularly for people with disability.
We are also concerned at the ongoing lack of access to the My Gov website (and NDIS portal) and strongly recommend that the Australian Government urgently address this issue, which is having a serious impact on people with disability, their families, and support persons.