Widow B Pension while travelling outside Australia

To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Widow B Pension.

There are rules about how long your Widow B Pension can be paid when you travel outside Australia and at what rate.

Rules for Widow B Pension 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 you receive may change at certain points based on how long you have been away and your personal circumstances.

When to tell us about your travel

You should tell us you are leaving Australia if you:

Otherwise you do not need to tell us that you are leaving Australia. Australia's immigration department will advise us when you leave Australia and when you return.

The easiest way to tell us about your travel plans is to use your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can get tailored information on how your payments and concession cards could be affected.

Widow B Pension rate while outside Australia

The amount of Widow B Pension you can be paid outside Australia may change at certain points based on how long you have been away and your personal circumstances.

Your rate of Widow B Pension generally will not change if you travel outside Australia temporarily for less than 6 weeks.

If you are outside Australia for more than 6 weeks you will be paid at an outside Australia rate. Your Pension Supplement will reduce to the basic rate and your Energy Supplement will stop:

  • after 6 weeks if you are going temporarily
  • on departure from Australia if you are leaving permanently to live in another country

If you are paid Widow B Pension under an international social security agreement the amount that you receive while you are outside Australia is based on that agreement.

Widow B Pension rate after 26 weeks

After 26 weeks your rate will be based on the amount of time you lived in Australia as an Australian resident between the age of 16 and age pension age.

You will usually need to have lived in Australia as an Australian resident for 35 years to continue receiving your full means tested rate of Widow B Pension after 26 weeks.

For example, if you lived in Australia for 10 years between 16 years of age and age pension age, you will generally receive 10/35ths of the full means tested rate.

If you were receiving Widow B Pension outside Australia on 1 July 2014, you will usually only need to have lived in Australia for 25 years to continue receiving your full means tested rate of Widow B Pension after 26 weeks. This does not apply if you have since returned and stayed in Australia for 26 weeks or more.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 29 February 2016

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