Help for women born on or before 1 July 1955 who’ve become widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40. They mustn’t have recent work experience.
Eligibility & payment rates
To get Widow Allowance you must:
- be a woman born on or before 1 July 1955
- not be part of a couple
- have become widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40
- haven’t had a job in the 12 months just before you claim, which was:
- 20 hours a week or more, and
- for a total of 13 weeks or more
- meet income and assets tests
- meet residence rules
You don’t have to look for work or do training. If you want to, you can get help to improve your job prospects, learn new skills or do community work.
If you get Widow Allowance and we think you may get a pension or other payment from another country, we may ask you to:
- apply for that payment, or
- show why you wouldn’t get it
How we can help
We can help you apply for a payment from another country. For example, we can copy documents and send forms to the other country for free.
We update rates on 20 March and 20 September each year. The table is a guide only.
|If you're||The maximum fortnightly payment is|
|single with no children||$535.60|
|single with dependent children||$579.30|
|single, after getting Widow Allowance for 9 months in a row||$579.30|
Property or items that you or your partner own in full or part, or have an interest in, can affect your payment.
On the day you claim Widow Allowance, you must be:
- an Australian resident, and
- in Australia
You also need to be either:
- widowed, divorced or separated from your partner while both of you were Australian residents
- an Australian resident and have been in Australia for a total of 104 weeks
- an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of those years, there must be no break in your residence
- a refugee or former refugee
- the family member of a refugee at the time they arrived in Australia, or
- the holder of a visa subclass 852
To keep getting Widow Allowance
You must continue to be an Australian resident for as long as you get this payment.
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
- tell us you’re going to apply
- fill in the claim form
- get any documents the form asks for
- submit your claim and documents
- wait for us to tell you the result
Managing your payment
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
You must tell us if:
- you become part of a couple
- you change your address
- your income changes
- the value of your assets changes
- you don’t have to lodge a tax return
- your care arrangements change, or
- your work or study load changes
Read more about changes of circumstances.
How to tell us
You can tell us about changes at any time:
Report your income
To keep getting Widow Allowance you need to report your income to us:
- every 2 weeks if you earn income from working
- every 12 weeks if you don’t earn income
To get your payment while outside Australia, you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Widow Allowance.
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
We need to know what you and your partner earn each fortnight so we can pay you the right amount.
If you get Widow Allowance and reach age pension age, we invite you to transfer to Age Pension.
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
The Skills for Education and Employment program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths.
Read about Skills for Education and Employment.
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