New grants stopped
New grants of Widow B Pension stopped on 20 March 1997.
New grants of Widow B Pension stopped on 20 March 1997. If you were receiving Widow B Pension before that date, you can keep on receiving it for as long as you remain eligible until you elect to transfer to Age Pension. To remain eligible, you need to meet income and assets tests.
Eligibility & payment rates
Income test for pensions
Your income can affect the amount of payment you receive from us.
Assets test for pensions
The value of various assets you own can have an effect on your eligibility for a pension.
Refer to the assets test limits to view the current maximum value your assets can have before they affect your pension.
Asset Hardship provisions
If you are in severe financial hardship and have little or no entitlement to a payment, you can apply to be paid under the Asset Hardship provisions.
Payment rates for Widow B Pension
The payment rate for Widow B Pension is updated on 20 March and 20 September each year. Your rate depends on your income, assets, and other circumstances.
|Family Situation - Single|
|Pension rate (per fortnight)||$776.60|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$63.50|
The transitional arrangements apply to certain pensioners who were receiving part pensions as at 19 September 2009 and only applies until they would get an equal or higher rate under the new rules. Rates are indexed by CPI only.
|Family Situation - Single|
|Pension Reform Transitional Arrangements Rate (per fortnight)||$706.80|
We review your Widow B Pension from time to time.
If you are earning a variable income, you need to report it to us every fortnight.
If you disagree with a decision we make, you always have the right to appeal.
Other benefits while receiving Widow B Pension
If you qualify for Widow B Pension, you may be entitled to other payments and benefits, such as:
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances while receiving Widow B Pension
You need to tell us if your circumstances change while receiving Widow B Pension. For example, you need to tell us if your income changes or if you leave Australia.
You need to let us know about any changes within 14 days in case this affects your pension. If you don't tell us about changes you may be overpaid, and you will have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud.
You may have to pay a fee if you give us incorrect information about your employment income.
Advance payment options
You may be eligible to receive part of your Centrelink payment in advance.
Transitional rate of pension
The transitional rate of pension is a special rate for people who would have received a lower pension because of income test changes in 2009.
You are automatically paid the transitional rate of pension if your rate has always been higher than the rate introduced in 2009.
Calculating the transitional rate
Your transitional pension rate is compared to the rate of the pension you would receive under the current income test. You will keep receiving the transitional rate while it is more than the current rate. As soon as the current rate is the same or more than your transitional rate, you will be paid under the current means test. You will no longer be eligible for the transitional rate.
Losing the transitional rate
Changes like having more or less income can alter the amount of your pension payment. You cannot go back to your transitional rate if you start receiving the current rate because of a change in your circumstances.
It is important to understand what effect a brief change, like earning more or less employment income, may have on your pension. A Customer Service Officer or Financial Information Service Officer can explain the likely outcomes to you.
Widow B Pension while travelling outside Australia
You can generally be paid Widow B Pension for the whole time you are outside Australia, regardless of whether you leave temporarily or to live in another country.
However, the amount of payment you receive will change if you remain outside Australia for more than 6 weeks and may change again after 26 weeks.
Advising us of your travel outside Australia
The rules covering the payment of Widow B Pension outside Australia are complex.
You should tell us if you are leaving Australia for longer than 6 weeks so we can advise you how your payment will be affected.
Weekly payment option
You may be eligible to receive your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly, in certain circumstances.
Income Stream Reviews
Each year in August and February we review your account based pension, account based annuity and market linked income streams.
Help reporting your income
How much you earn affects your payment. We need to know what you have earned each fortnight so you are paid the right amount.