From 1 January 2015, Disability Support Pension recipients who travel overseas can only continue to receive their payments for a maximum of four weeks overseas in any 52 week period.
Disability Support Pension recipients will have their payment cancelled if they are overseas for longer than four weeks and will need to reclaim and have their medical condition(s) and work capacity reassessed against current impairment tables.
In other words, they will lose their pension, and will have to go on Newstart (with withholding period) and re-apply for the pension under the new rules. This will ensure that most are refused. The idea is to kick as many off the pension as possible.
Currently Disability Support Pension recipients can be paid for up to six weeks for each trip taken outside Australia.
This measure will affect Disability Support Pension recipients who travel overseas for more than four weeks in every 52 weeks on or after 1 January 2015.
So a pensioner with a family overseas will be able to see them for four weeks (less travelling time) once a year. After that, if they save up and go, or if a child or spouse for instance, is ill or there is some other emergency, they will lose their pension if they go.
This measure will start on 1 January 2015 and will be ongoing.
The Government say they will save 12 million dollars with this measure. How? By forcing those pensioners to abandon their families and stay in Australia, the cost will be to the health services in Australia rather than those overseas. Presumably the Government is hoping for plenty of suicides.