Residence requirements for Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment
To meet residence requirements you must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day that you lodge your claim.
To be an Australian resident, you must be living in Australia as:
- an Australian citizen
- the holder of a permanent resident visa, or
- the holder of a special-category visa–that is, someone with a New Zealand passport living in Australia, or
- a New Zealand citizen who was in Australia on 26 February 2001 or for 12 months in the two years immediately before that date, or who was assessed before 26 February 2004 as 'protected'
Newly arrived residents generally have a two-year waiting period. Some exemptions apply for refugees, holders of certain other permanent visas, Australian citizens, and in some circumstances their partners and dependent children.
To be paid a bonus, you also need to meet the 10-year qualifying Australian residence requirements, unless you:
- are a refugee or former refugee
- were getting Partner Allowance, Widow Allowance or Widow B Pension immediately before turning Age Pension age, or
- are a woman whose partner died while you were both Australian residents and you had two years residence immediately before claiming Age Pension
You may use the provisions of international social security agreements to meet residence requirements when you register for the scheme, but not when claiming your bonus.
The 10-year Australian resident requirement is that you have been an Australian resident for a continuous period of at least 10 years, or for a number of periods that total more than 10 years, with one of the periods being at least five years.
You may use the provisions of International social-security agreements to meet residence requirements when you register for the Pension Bonus Scheme, but not when claiming your bonus.