Widow B Pension
A payment for a widow who didn’t get Parenting Payment, has limited money and lost the financial support of their partner.
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.
How much you get depends on your income, assets and other circumstances.
We update payment rates each year on:
- 20 March, and
- 20 September
|If you're single|
|Pension rate per fortnight||$808.30|
|Maximum Pension Supplement||$65.90|
Transitional arrangements apply if you got a part pension as at 19 September 2009. You get this payment until you get an equal or higher rate under the new rules.
Rates are indexed by Consumer Price Index only.
|If you're single|
|Pension Reform Transitional Arrangements Rate each fortnight||$733.90|
We’ll review your Widow B Pension from time to time.
If your income varies, you’ll need to tell us every fortnight.
If you disagree with our decision, you can appeal.
Managing your payment
We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your payment.
You need to tell us if:
- your income changes
- you move house
- you re-partner, or
- you leave Australia
There are other changes you need to tell us about.
How and when to tell us
The easiest way is through our self service options.
You need to:
- tell us within 14 days of the change
- make sure your details are up to date in myGov
It’s never too late to report a change.
If you don’t tell us
You have 14 days to tell us about the changes. If you don’t do this, we may pay you too much and you’ll probably have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, we could charge you with fraud.
Read about how to avoid committing fraud.
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 so we 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.