New grants of Widow B Pension stopped on 20 March 1997. If you were receiving Widow B Pension before that date, you can keep receiving it for as long as you remain eligible or until you 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)||$782.20|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$63.90|
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)||$711.70|
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. Accessing an advance payment depends on the type of payment you receive, how long you have been receiving it and the amount that you receive.
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 will remain on the transitional rate while it is higher than the rate you would be paid under the current income test.
Changes, such as losing a job or an extra day’s pay one fortnight, can result in your transitional rate of pension no longer being higher than the current rate.
While you receive the transitional rate, it is compared to the rate of pension you would receive under the current income test. You are no longer eligible for the transitional rate when the current rate of pension is the same or more than your transitional rate.
You cannot go back to your transitional rate if you start receiving the current rate.
A Service Officer or Financial Information Service officer can explain what effect a brief change may have on your pension, for example an increase or decrease in your employment income.
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 can 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
How much you earn affects your payment. We need to know what you have earned each fortnight so you are paid the right amount.
Transfer to Age Pension
If you are age pension age and receiving an eligible Centrelink income support payment, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension.
What to do if your account is overdrawn
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