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Over the past decade, increasing numbers of people have become reliant on disability-related income support payments. This trend will continue with the increasing incidence of disability associated with an ageing population, changes in labour market structure leading to a decrease in the availability of certain types of work, and the extension of eligibility criteria for the Carer Payment.
The Disability Support Pension ensures an adequate level of income for people whose physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairment prevents them from working, or for people who are permanently blind.
At 30 June 2003, there were 23,307 people receiving this pension in Tasmania.
A Wife Pension may be paid to the female partner of a disability support pensioner if she does not qualify for a pension in her own right. New grants of Wife Pension ceased after 30 June 1995. Women who were receiving the Wife Pension at that time can continue to receive this pension provided they meet qualification provisions and their partner is receiving the Disability Support Pension.
At 30 June 2003 there were 1,596 female partners of Disability Support pensioners receiving the Wife Pension.
Further information about the payments in the tables above is available from the Centrelink web site: