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 reduce your pension.
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||$808.30|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$65.90|
The transitional arrangements apply to certain pensioners who were receiving part pensions as at 19 September 2009 and only apply 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)||$733.90|
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 do not tell us you may be overpaid and you will have to pay the money back.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
You can normally get Widow B Pension while outside Australia. But there are rules about how much we can pay you, based on how long you’re away for.
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
Each financial year we review certain types of income streams. We do this in August and February.
We need to know what you and your partner earn each fortnight so we can pay you 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 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 be 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
Read more about how to transfer to Age Pension.
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.