How much Wife Pension you can get

The amount of Wife Pension you can get depends on your and your partners combined income and assets and if you live together.

Read more about how your relationship status can affect your payment rate.

Current maximum rates

Your Wife Pension rate is the same as your partner’s Age Pension or Disability Support Pension rate.

These are the maximum rates of payment. They change on 20 March and 20 September each year.

Wife Pension per fortnight If you live with your partner If you live apart due to ill health
Maximum basic rate $613.60 $814.00
Maximum Pension Supplement $50.00 $66.30
Energy Supplement $10.60 $14.10
Total $674.20 $894.40

What may be different

If you were on a part pension on 19 September 2009 you may get a different rate. Our income test rules changed on this date.

You’ll get a transitional rate if the new income test would give you a lower rate than the old test.

We only pay this rate until the new rules would give you an equal or higher rate.

These are the current highest rates. They change in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Wife Pension per fortnight If you live with your partner If you live apart due to ill health
Maximum basic rate $596.40 $738.30
Energy Supplement $10.60 $14.10
Total $607.00 $752.40

Read more about the transitional rates.

Rate reviews

We review your Wife Pension from time to time to make sure we are paying you correctly.

If we change your rate and you disagree, you have the right to appeal.

Page last updated: 20 September 2017