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Last updated on July 18th, 2023 at 11:39 am

When we talk about permanent disability in the context of TPD claims, we’re generally referring to a condition that is likely to prevent you from ever returning to work. This could be a physical disability, such as the loss of a limb, or a mental health condition, such as severe anxiety or depression. It’s important to note that the definition of permanent disability can vary depending on your specific superannuation policy, so it’s always a good idea to check your policy’s terms and conditions.

What is Permanent Disability?

A permanent disability is a term used to describe an injury or condition that is expected to last for the remainder of an individual’s life. This type of disability can have a significant impact on a person’s life, as it may affect their ability to work, engage in hobbies and activities, and even perform basic daily tasks.

Permanent disability can take many forms, including physical disabilities, such as paralysis or amputation, as well as mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In some cases, a permanent disability may be caused by an illness or disease, while in others it may be the result of an accident or injury.

Regardless of the cause, if you’ve suffered a permanent disability, it’s important to seek legal advice to understand your rights and options for compensation. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages related to your disability.

TPD Claims in QLD

If you have suffered a permanent disability in Queensland, you may be eligible to make a Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) claim under your superannuation policy. A TPD claim is a lump sum payment made to an individual who is unable to work due to their disability.

To make a TPD claim, you must meet the definition of total and permanent disability as outlined in your superannuation policy. This definition can vary between policies, but generally, it requires that you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working in your usual occupation or any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by education, training or experience.

It’s important to note that making a TPD claim can be a complex and lengthy process. You’ll need to provide extensive evidence to support your claim, including medical reports, employment records, and other documentation. Your superannuation fund may also require you to undergo medical assessments and provide additional information about your disability and its impact on your ability to work.

Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer can be a valuable asset in making a TPD claim. Your lawyer can help you understand your policy and its requirements, as well as gather and organize the necessary evidence to support your claim. They can also negotiate on your behalf with the superannuation fund and handle any legal challenges that may arise during the claims process.

Meeting the Definition of Total and Permanent Disability

If you are looking to make a TPD claim under your superannuation policy in QLD, it is crucial that you meet the definition of total and permanent disability as outlined in your policy. There are two conditions that must be satisfied to meet this definition.

1. The Individual Must be Totally Disabled

Firstly, you must be totally disabled, which means you are unable to work in any occupation for which you are reasonably suited by education, training, or experience. This includes not being able to work in your previous occupation or any other occupation for which you may be qualified.

2. The Disability Must be Permanent

Secondly, the disability must be permanent, which means it is expected to last for the remainder of your life. The definition of permanent disability may vary between superannuation policies, so it is important to review your policy carefully to understand its specific definition.

How is Permanent Disability Assessed for TPD Claims?

If you’re making a TPD claim due to permanent disability under your superannuation policy, the fund will likely require medical evidence to support your claim. The evidence could include medical reports, specialist assessments, and your treatment history. An independent medical examination may also be necessary, depending on your situation.

The medical evidence will help the superannuation fund determine whether your disability meets the definition of total and permanent disability as outlined in your policy. The fund may consider factors such as the nature and extent of your disability, the impact it has on your ability to work, and whether there are any treatment options available that may improve your condition.

What is the Process for Making a TPD Claim?

If you are considering making a TPD claim, it’s important to understand the process involved. While the specific steps may vary between superannuation funds, there are some general guidelines that can be followed.

1. Notify the Superannuation Fund

The first step is to notify the superannuation fund of the claim. This can usually be done online or by phone. Once the superannuation fund is notified, they will provide the necessary forms for making the claim. These forms will require information about the individual’s medical history, employment history, and financial situation. It’s important to complete these forms accurately and thoroughly, as any errors or omissions could delay or even jeopardize the claim.

2. Complete the Necessary Forms and Provide Supporting Evidence

Along with the forms, the superannuation fund will require supporting evidence to support the TPD claim. This usually includes medical evidence such as medical reports, specialist assessments, and treatment history. Additionally, the superannuation fund may require the individual to undergo an independent medical examination. The individual may also need to provide additional evidence such as employment records or financial statements.

3. Assessment of the Claim

After the superannuation fund receives all the necessary information and evidence, they will assess the TPD claim and make a decision on whether to approve or deny the claim. This process can take several months, and the individual may be required to provide additional information or attend medical assessments. It’s important to be patient and cooperative throughout the process to increase the chances of a successful claim.


In summary, permanent disability is a term used to describe an injury or condition that is expected to last for the remainder of an individual’s life. In QLD, individuals who suffer permanent disabilities may be eligible to make a TPD claim under their superannuation policy. In order to make a successful TPD claim, individuals must meet the criteria set by their superannuation policy. These criteria typically include the level of disability and the time frame for making a claim. Therefore, it’s important for individuals to carefully review their policy and seek legal advice if they are unsure about their eligibility. It’s also worth noting that the TPD claims process can be complex and time-consuming, which is why seeking professional assistance can help ensure that individuals receive the compensation they deserve.