Claiming Widow Allowance

You should register an intent to claim for Widow Allowance. This will help you get your payments from the earliest possible date.

Before you start

Check if you are eligible for this payment and read the information you need to know about your claim for Newstart Allowance or Widow Allowance before you start your claim.

Intent to claim

You should register an intent to claim for Widow Allowance. This will help you get your payments from the earliest possible date. 

Claim form

Print and complete a Claim for Widow Allowance form.

If you do not have access to a printer, call us on 132 850 and we can send one to you.

Supporting documentation

You may need to complete some additional forms as well as the Claim for Widow Allowance form. This will help us assess your claim accurately, based on your personal circumstances.

You will also need to provide documents to confirm your identity and any other documents and forms that we ask for within 14 days. The sooner we receive your documents, the sooner we can process your claim.

Submit your claim

Submit your completed forms, identity documents, and any other documents we have asked for to your nearest service centre or by post.

Claim outcome

We will inform you if your claim is successful. If you are eligible, we will tell you when your payment will start and how much you will get paid.

You have the right to appeal any decision we make.

Read more about reviews and appeals.

Page last updated: 12 August 2016