Bereavement Payment

A lump sum or short term payment when your partner, child or the person you were caring for has died.

When an adult has died

Eligibility

You may get this payment if:

For some payments, they may continue for 14 weeks following the death to give you time to seek other income support. These include:

Payments

The type and amount of bereavement payment you get will depend on your individual circumstances and when you tell us about the person's death.

Carer Allowance

If you are getting Carer Allowance for an adult who dies, and an income support payment, other than Carer Payment, that does not qualify you for Bereavement Payment, you may get a Carer Allowance Bereavement Payment. We pay this, of up to 7 instalments of Carer Allowance, as a lump sum.

Carer Payment

If you get Carer Payment for a person who dies, you may continue to get this payment for up to 14 weeks after the person's death. You may also get a lump sum Bereavement Payment.

Members of a couple

If your partner dies you may be eligible for a Bereavement Payment. We pay this as a lump sum. It is usually equal to the total you and your partner would have received as a couple, minus your new single rate, up to 14 weeks after your partner’s death.

Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment

If your partner registered for the Pension Bonus Scheme with us or with the Department of Veterans' Affairs and dies before making a successful claim for Age Pension and Pension Bonus, you may be eligible for Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment. The payment is based on the amount of Pension Bonus your partner would have been paid.

Single allowance recipients

When a single allowance recipient dies, their estate may be entitled to payment up to their date of death for payments like:

Single pensioners

When a single pensioner dies, a final payment is paid covering the fortnightly period in which they died. Usually this final payment is paid into the deceased person's bank account. It can then be accessed by the executor of the estate.

When a child has died

Eligibility

You may get a bereavement payment for a child who dies if you were getting one of the following payments for them:

Loss of an infant

If your baby died after birth, your family may be eligible to get:

Loss of a baby through stillbirth

If your baby was stillborn, your family may be eligible to get:

Time limits apply to claim these payments. You must submit your claim within 52 weeks from the day of the delivery of your stillborn child.

Payments

The bereavement payment you get will depend on your individual circumstances and when you notify us that your child has died.

Carer Allowance

If you are getting Carer Allowance for a Family Tax Benefit eligible child who dies, you will get up to 7 instalments of Carer Allowance from the date of the child's death. We usually pay this as a lump sum.

Carer Payment

If you are getting Carer Payment for a child who dies, you may continue to get this payment for up to 14 weeks after the child's death. You will also get a lump sum Bereavement Payment.

Dad and Partner Pay

If your baby was stillborn, you may be able to get Dad and Partner Pay and either:

If your baby died after the birth, you may be able to get:

Time limits apply to claim these payments. You must submit your claim within 52 weeks from the day of the delivery of your stillborn child.

Double Orphan Pension

If you get Double Orphan Pension and Family Tax Benefit for a child who dies, you will get a bereavement payment. You can have this paid as fortnightly payments for up to 14 weeks after the child’s death or as a lump sum. If you did not get Family Tax Benefit for the child, you may still get Double Orphan Pension for up to 4 weeks after their death.

Family Tax Benefit

If you get Family Tax Benefit for a child who dies, you will get a Family Tax Benefit Bereavement Payment. This can still be paid as a fortnightly payment for up to 14 weeks after the child's death or as a lump sum.

If you have not claimed Family Tax Benefit for a child who died, you may get a lump sum payment. You can do this by submitting a claim for Bereavement Payment now or after the end of the financial year.

Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance

If you get Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance as a principal carer and your only qualifying child dies, you will keep the high rate of payment and concessions. However your Mutual Obligation Requirements will be reduced for up to 14 weeks after your child's death.

Parenting Payment

If you get Parenting Payment and your only qualifying child dies, you may get Parenting Payment for up to 14 weeks after the child's death.

Claiming

Generally you won't need to claim for bereavement payment. Call the bereavement line about the death and we will help you sort out which payment you may be able to get.

For some Bereavement Payments, you may need to submit a claim. Read more about claiming the following payments:

You may also need to provide proof of the person's death, usually a death certificate.

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Page last updated: 7 July 2017