Residence requirements for Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment

To qualify for Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment you must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day that you lodge your claim.

To claim Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment your partner must have been an Australian resident at the time of their death.

For you to qualify for a Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment your partner must have lived in Australia, as an Australian resident for:

  • 10 years continuously, or
  • at least 5 years continuously at any time and more than 10 years in total, or
  • 104 weeks immediately prior to their death, for a woman who was widowed while both she and  her partner were Australian residents

If your partner did not meet the above requirements, you may also qualify for a Pension Bonus

Bereavement Payment if your partner was:

  • a refugee on arrival in Australia, or
  • in receipt of Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Widow B Pension, or Mature Age Allowance when they turned age pension age