Disability Benefit is payable to an insured person who is medically certified to be likely to remain permanently incapable of work. To qualify for a Disability Benefit, persons must not have attained age 65 and must have paid 150 weeks of contribution.
If a person is likely to remain permanently incapable of work, has not attained age 65 but has paid 50 weeks of contributions, he/she is entitled to a Disability Grant.
A minimum Disability Pension of $165 per week is payable for as long as the incapacity continues or until the pensionable age when it will be transferred to an Age Pension.
Claim for Disability Benefit must be submitted within 1 year from the date that the doctor certifies that the insured person is permanently incapable of working. Claim forms are available at the Social Security Office.