Double Orphan Pension

Help with the costs of caring for orphaned children or children who are unable to be cared for by their parents in certain circumstances.

Eligibility basics

  • care for the child at least 35% of the time, and
  • care for a child where both parents are deceased
  • care for a child where one parent is deceased and the other parent is in prison for at least 10 years, a psychiatric or nursing home for an indefinite period, or is of unknown whereabouts, or
  • care for a child who is a refugee and the parents are outside of Australia or of unknown whereabouts
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: 16 March 2016