Widow B Pension
A payment for an older widow who did not qualify for Parenting Payment, has limited means and has lost the financial support of her partner.
New grants of Widow B Pension stopped on 20 March 1997. If you were receiving Widow B Pension before that date, you can keep receiving it for as long as you remain eligible or until you transfer to Age Pension. To remain eligible, you need to meet income and assets tests.
Eligibility & payment rates
Your income can affect the amount of payment you receive from us.
The value of various assets you own can have an effect on your eligibility for a pension.
Refer to the assets test limits to view the current maximum value of assets you can have before it affects your pension.
Asset Hardship provisions
If you are in severe financial hardship and have little or no entitlement to a payment, you can apply to be paid under the Asset Hardship provisions.
The payment rate for Widow B Pension is updated on 20 March and 20 September each year. Your rate depends on your income, assets and other circumstances.
|Family Situation - single|
|Pension rate (per fortnight)||$788.40|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$64.50|
The transitional arrangements apply to certain pensioners who were receiving part pensions as at 19 September 2009 and only applies until they would get an equal or higher rate under the new rules. Rates are indexed by Consumer Price Index only.
|Family Situation - single|
|Pension Reform Transitional Arrangements Rate (per fortnight)||$717.40|
We review your Widow B Pension from time to time.
If you are earning a variable income, you need to report it to us every fortnight.
If you disagree with a decision we make, you have the right to appeal.
Managing your payment
You need to tell us if your circumstances change while receiving Widow B Pension. For example, you need to tell us if:
- your income changes
- you move house
- you re-partner, or
- you leave Australia
You need to let us know about any changes within 14 days, in case they affect your Widow B Pension. If you don’t tell us you may be overpaid and you will have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud. You may have to pay a fee if you give us incorrect information about your employment income.
You may be eligible to receive part of your income support payment in advance depending on how long you have been getting it and the amount that you get.
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Widow B Pension.
You may be eligible to receive your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly, in certain circumstances.
Each year in August and February we may review your account-based pension, account-based annuity and market-linked income streams.
How much you earn affects your payment. We need to know what you have earned each fortnight so you are paid the right amount.
You can continue to receive Widow B Pension for as long as you remain eligible, or until you choose to transfer to the Age Pension.
Some things do not change whether you remain on Widow B Pension or transfer to Age Pension. These include:
- your rate of payment and income and assets tests
- your concession card
- access to the Work Bonus
Benefits if you transfer to Age Pension include:
- the rules for Age Pension may better if you intend to travel outside Australia
- you may be able to have more land exempted from the assets test if your home is situated on a block of land larger than 2 hectares, and on 1 title
In some circumstances, you may be better off remaining on Widow B Pension. These include:
- access to Pensioner Education Supplement and Education Entry Payment if you are studying
- if you get compensation type payments
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.