A self-assessment is a questionnaire which provides people with an opportunity to explain the sort of work they think they can do now or in the future, and how we could help them into work. We'll let you know if you need to complete one.
The aim is to better understand who with a health condition or a disability can work, and what support they might need to find and stay in work.
Who needs to complete a Self-Assessment questionnaire?
Most people with a health condition or a disability that affects their ability to work full time will need to complete a Self-Assessment questionnaire as part of their benefit application. This includes people who can only work part time or can't currently work due to a health condition or disability.
People may also be asked to complete a Self-Assessment questionnaire to help identify appropriate supports and services to help them prepare for, find and stay in work.
We won't ask someone to complete a Self-Assessment if they have either:
- a job to return to within 13 weeks of their application for a benefit
- a medical certificate or other appropriate assessments which tells us that they:
- are more than 27 weeks pregnant
- are totally blind
- have a terminal illness
- have a severe intellectual or cognitive impairment
- have a disorder that has reached a stage of deterioration to the extent that their condition severely impacts on their ability to function and this is unlikely to improve.
If for some reason a person can't complete the Self-Assessment themselves, they can ask someone to help them.
If a person needs Work and Income to help complete the Self-Assessment or they are unsure whether they need to complete one, they need to contact us.
Contact us for more information.