Disability Impairment Tables
The information provided by your health professionals will be taken into account, along with any additional medical or work capacity information available. You may be asked to demonstrate abilities described in the Tables.
Your impairment will be assessed when you are using or wearing any aids, equipment or assistive technology that you usually use.
Select the appropriate Table or Tables to assess each impairment:
identify the loss of function; then
refer to the Table related to the affected function; then
identify the correct impairment rating
The correct Table for each impairment must always be used unless the instructions in the Table specify otherwise.
When using more than one Table to assess multiple impairments for the same condition you cannot rate the same impairment under more than 1 Table.
If more than 2 or more separate conditions cause a combined impairment only 1 single rating per Table can be applied.
How to apply a rating:
A rating must fit all of the descriptors given in the Table for it to apply. If it fails to meet all of the requirements then the next lower rating must be assigned, you cannot give a partial rating; ie 8 out of 10
A rating cannot be given in excess to the maximum specified in each Table.
When an impairment describes activities, this applies to whether you are able to do the activity normally and on a regular basis – not whether you are occasionally incapable.
When assessing impairments caused by conditions that are episodic or fluctuating a rating must be assigned that takes into account the overall functional impact of those impairments; including the severity, duration and frequency of the episodes or fluctuations as appropriate.
If your diagnosed condition results in no recognised impairments as per the Impairment Tables, then you will be assessed as having no functional impact and a zero rating will be applied.
We would advise that you check over the Tables and mark the items that apply to you. You need a total of 20 points minimum. Your GP and a specialist as listed in each table need to both agree that each item applies to you. We suggest you take a copy of the tables to your appointments and get your doctors/physios etc to confirm each item applies to you and to use as close as possible wording (or the actual wording) that is in the Tables.
Some of the tables that commonly apply to people living with CRPS are;
Table 2 – Upper Limb Function; and/or
Table 3 – Lower Limb Function
Table 5 – Mental Health Function
Table 7 – Brain Function
Table 10 – Digestive and Reproductive Function
Table 13 – Continence Function
Table 14 – Functions of the skin
Please check these tables carefully for issues that apply to you, such as allodynia in table 14, but it is worthwhile to check through all of the tables as the more points you accumulate the easier it will be if you need to go through the appeals and complaints process at the end.
During this process you may be required to attend a Job Capacity Assessment, a Disability Medical Assessment or participate in a Program of Support if you rate 20 Impairment points across more than 1 table.
The Impairment Tables can be found here: