Feb 27, 2018

The battle for benefits: people with disabilities fight back against broken system

Record numbers of Disability Support Pension applicants are having their claims rejected, often against the explicit advice of doctors. With nothing left to lose, some are choosing to fight.

Jeremy Poxon

Media Officer for the Unemployed Australian Worker's Union


After two years of failed applications for the Disability Support Pension -- as well as numerous appeals -- Quang Huynh, a 30-year-old Dandenong man, decided he’d had enough.

Rather than deal with the DHS’ confusing and overly bureaucratic appeals process one more time, he instead turned up at his local Centrelink office, hoping to finally prove once and for all he was indeed “disabled enough” to receive the benefit.

Free Trial

You've hit members-only content.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

19 thoughts on “The battle for benefits: people with disabilities fight back against broken system

  1. Lesley Graham

    The problem with this the politicians whatever their stripe get their allowances & their perks, which they don’t seem to do much about reducing or changing so that the budget is being balance. All the money that is being spent on partners, travel allowances, etc, there’s no other job that allows for this type of thing in the private sector. There needs to be proper scrutiny, by an independent body. When they are putting people in genuine need through this torturous, demented process, that as was pointed out often are ill equipped to evaluate these people.

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details