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Disability Cluster

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term650608
Registration status:Help on this termCommonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018
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The Disability cluster defines information relating to Centrelink recipients in relation to medical conditions, permanency of medical conditions and impairment ratings for the purposes of Disability Support Pension (DSP).

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While impairment ratings and permanency codes are collected for up to 5 medical conditions, only the primary medical condition is provided in the PIA research DSS due to privacy concerns.

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DSP is an income support payment for people who are:

  • aged between 16 years and age pension age (when claiming)
  • satisfy the residence criteria, and
  • either are permanently blind, or have a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability causing functional incapacity of at least 20 points as measured by the Impairment Tables, and
  • have a Continuing Inability to Work, or are participating in Supported Wage System.

In order to claim the DSP, a person must undergo an assessment such as an Employment Services Assessment, a Job Capacity Assessment or Disability Medical Assessment. These assessments:

  • confirm details of the main medical conditions affecting the person’s capacity to work
  • assess how these conditions affect the person’s capacity to work or take part in other activities
  • identify suitable interventions and assistance to help the person into work or stay in a job.

As part of these assessments, the person's treating doctor provides details of medical conditions that impact a person's ability to work. These conditions are given an order of impact, with the primary medical condition having the most significant impact on a person's functioning. For each medical condition, details of the permanency of the condition and an impairment rating (relating to the severity of the medical condition) are provided.

In order to determine the extent of impairment and permanency of a recipient’s medical condition, the Department of Social Services also collects information on the type of functional impairment caused by that condition. However this data element has not been included in this data set in order to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of recipients.

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Australian Government Department of Social Services

Relational attributes

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Priority investment approach research DSS Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

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Seq No.Help on this termMetadata itemHelp on this term ObligationHelp on this term Max occursHelp on this term
1Recipient—primary medical condition, code AAAMandatory1
2Recipient—impairment rating for first medical condition, code N[N]Mandatory1
3Recipient—impairment rating for second medical condition, code N[N]Conditional1
4Recipient—impairment rating for third medical condition, code N[N]Conditional1
5Recipient—impairment rating for fourth medical condition, code N[N]Conditional1
6Recipient—impairment rating for fifth medical condition, code N[N]Conditional1
7Recipient—medical condition, total impairment rating NN[N]Mandatory1
8Recipient—primary medical condition, permanency code AMandatory1
9Recipient—permanency of first medical condition, code AMandatory1
10Recipient—permanency of second medical condition, code AConditional1
11Recipient—permanency of third medical condition, code AConditional1
12Recipient—permanency of fourth medical condition, code AConditional1
13Recipient—permanency of fifth medical condition, code AConditional1
14Recipient—type of work capacity assessment, employment services/job capacity assessment code AAAConditional1
15Recipient—assessment report, date MMYYYYConditional2
16Recipient—work capacity assessment before intervention, total hours XX[XXX]Conditional1
17Recipient—work capacity assessment with intervention, total hours XX[XXX]Conditional1
18Recipient—blindness indicator, code AMandatory1
19Recipient—blindness start date, MMYYYYConditional1
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