Double Orphan Pension

Helps with the costs of caring for orphaned children or children who are unable to be cared for by their parents.

Eligibility basics

  • care for the child at least 35% of the time, and either
  • both parents are deceased
  • one parent is deceased and the other parent is imprisoned for at least 10 years, in a psychiatric institution or nursing home for an indefinite period, their whereabouts are unknown, or
  • the child is a refugee and both parents are outside of Australia or their whereabouts are unknown
From 1 July 2016, you can only receive Family Tax Benefit, child care payments and Double Orphan Pension for up to 6 weeks while you or your child are temporarily overseas. Read the new rules for family payments when going overseas.

Page last updated: 25 May 2016