- care for a child where both parents are deceased, or
- care for a child where one parent is deceased and the other parent is in prison, a psychiatric or nursing home, or is of unknown whereabouts, or
- care for a child who is a refugee and the parents are outside of Australia or of unknown whereabouts
- care for the child at least 35 per cent of the time
Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for Double Orphan Pension
You may be eligible to claim Double Orphan Pension for a child if you meet:
one of these requirements
and all of these requirements
The child’s parents or adoptive parents are both deceased.
You provide care for the child for at least 35 per cent of the time.
You receive Family Tax Benefit for the child (or would but your family’s income is too high or the child is in receipt of a prescribed education payment—for example, ABSTUDY or Veterans Children Education Scheme).
The child is under 16 years, or a full-time student aged 16–19 years (up to the end of the calendar year they turn 19), and they do not get Youth Allowance.
The child does not receive Double Orphan Pension from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
One of the child’s parents is deceased and the other parent is in long-term imprisonment, or is on remand for an offence punishable by long-term imprisonment, or lives in a psychiatric institution or nursing home on a long-term basis, or is of unknown whereabouts.
The child is a refugee and has not at any time lived in Australia with either or both parents, and his or her parents are outside Australia or are of unknown whereabouts.
You do not have to meet income and assets tests to qualify for Double Orphan Pension. Double Orphan Pension is not taxed.
We review your circumstances every two years to ensure you are getting the correct payment amount. If your, or your family’s, circumstances change this may affect your payment.
Payment rates for Double Orphan Pension
The Double Orphan Pension payment rate is $57.90 per fortnight and is not taxed.
You may receive an additional amount of Double Orphan Pension depending on the amount of Family Tax Benefit paid for the child before they became an orphan.
Double Orphan Pension payment rates are adjusted on 1 January each year and reviewed every two years or when your circumstances change.
Residency requirements for Double Orphan Pension
To be eligible for Double Orphan Pension, you must satisfy residency requirements.
This means that you are living in Australia and are either:
- an Australian citizen
- the holder of a permanent resident visa
- the holder of either a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa, or the holder of a special category visa—for example, someone with a New Zealand passport living in Australia.
Your child must also meet the above requirements or be living with you.
You may be able to get Double Orphan Pension during a temporary absence from Australia if you satisfy the residence requirements. Read more about being paid while outside Australia.
Other benefits while receiving Double Orphan Pension
If you qualify for Double Orphan Pension, you may be entitled to other payments and benefits, such as:
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- register an intent to claim
- complete the claim form
- provide supporting documentation
- submit your claim
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your payment
Self service options
Our self service options are a quick and effective way to deal with us. You can use self service where it's convenient to you and manage things yourself:
- online - you need to register to use some of the services, then you can do many things where and when it suits you
- on your mobile device - our Express Plus mobile apps are simple, fast and convenient, giving you more choices for dealing with Centrelink
- on the phone - you can self-register for Centrelink Phone Self Service
- using a self service terminal at one of our Service Centres
Change of circumstances while receiving Double Orphan Pension
You need to tell us if your or the child’s circumstances change. For example, if:
- the child received double orphan pension from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- your personal circumstances change
- you no longer meet the residency requirements
- you change your address
- your care arrangements change
- you leave Australia, even for a short time
Payments paid while outside Australia
There are rules about getting your payment when you leave Australia.
Someone to deal with us on your behalf
You can authorise another person or organisation to deal with us on your behalf and receive your Centrelink payments under a correspondence or nominee arrangement.