Access to disability pension slashed by more than half, data shows
'The government has dramatically cut access to the disability support pension in the past eight years, cutting the approval rate from 63% to about 30% this financial year.'
'Successive governments – both Labor and Liberal – have implemented policies to tighten access to the payment, which supports those with a physical or intellectual impairment that hampers their ability to work.'
'Data provided by the Department of Human Services shows 24,809 of about 84,000 claims have been granted so far in the current financial year. That is a grant rate of 29.53%.'
'The rate dipped to its lowest recent level in 2015-16, when just 26,842 of the 106,000 applications were approved – roughly one in four.'
Christopher Knaus reports in The Guardian Australia.