Bereavement Payment

Helps ease the adjustment to changed financial circumstances after the death of your partner, child or person you were caring for.

When an adult has died

Eligibility

You may be eligible for Bereavement Payment if either:

For some payments, such as Carer Payment, Wife Pension and Partner Allowance, the payment may continue for 14 weeks following the death to give you time to seek other income support if necessary.

Payments

The type and amount of Bereavement Payment you receive will depend on your individual circumstances and when we are notified of the person's death.

Carer Allowance

If you are receiving 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 receive a Carer Allowance Bereavement Payment. This payment, of up to 7 instalments of Carer Allowance, is paid as a lump sum.

Carer Payment

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

Members of a couple

If your partner dies you may be eligible for a Bereavement Payment. This is paid as a lump sum. It is usually equal to the combined amount you and your partner would have received as a couple, less your new single rate, over a period of up to 14 weeks following your partner’s death.

Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment

If your partner was 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 amount payable is based on the amount of Pension Bonus your partner would have been eligible for.

Single allowance customers

When a single allowance customer dies, their estate may be entitled to payment up to their date of death for payments such as Newstart Allowance and Widow Allowance.

Single pensioners

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

When a child has died

Eligibility

You will be eligible for a Bereavement Payment for a child who dies if you were receiving one of the following payments for them:

Loss of an infant

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

Loss of a baby through stillbirth

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

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 receive will depend on your individual circumstances and when you notify us that your child has died.

Carer Allowance

If you are receiving Carer Allowance for a Family Tax Benefit eligible child who dies, you will receive up to 7 instalments of Carer Allowance from the date of the child's death. This is usually paid as a lump sum.

Carer Payment

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

Dad and Partner Pay

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

If your baby died after the birth, you may be able to receive Family Tax Benefit Bereavement Payment, Dad and Partner Pay and either:

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 receive Double Orphan Pension and Family Tax Benefit for a child who dies, you will receive a Bereavement Payment. You can choose to 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 receive Family Tax Benefit for the child, you may continue to receive Double Orphan Pension for up to 4 weeks after their death.

Family Tax Benefit

If you receive Family Tax Benefit for a child who dies, you will receive a Family Tax Benefit Bereavement Payment. This can continue to be paid as fortnightly payments 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 receive a lump sum payment by submitting a claim for Bereavement Payment now or after the end of the financial year.

Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance

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

Parenting Payment

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

Claiming

Generally you won't need to submit a claim for Bereavement Payment. Contact us about the death, and we will help you with what payments you may be entitled to receive.

However, you may need to submit a claim for the following payments. Read more about claiming:

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

What to do if your account is overdrawn

There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn.

Other government and community services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful.

You can find other government and community services using Service Finder.

Manage your money

Getting control of your money can be hard, but we’ve got some great advice and tools to help. Read more about budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt, to help manage your money.

Page last updated: 10 October 2016