Wife Pension if you travel outside Australia

You can normally get Wife Pension while outside Australia provided your partner’s payment has not stopped.

There are rules about how much we can pay you, based on how long you’re away for.

If you travel outside Australia

You can normally get Wife Pension for the whole time you’re outside Australia, even if you live in another country for a while.

Your payment rate may change depending on:

When to tell us about your travel plans

You should always tell us if you’re leaving Australia.

How to tell us about your travel plans

The easiest way is using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Learn how to register for an online account if you don’t already have one.

If you can’t use an online account, tell us your travel plans by:

Leaving to be in another country

If you leave to live in another country

On departure

Your:

After 26 weeks

You’ll get an outside Australia rate.

If you leave Australia for less than 6 weeks

Your Wife Pension rate normally won’t change.

If you leave Australia for more than 6 weeks

On departure your:

If you leave Australia for more than 26 weeks

Your Wife Pension rate will depend on how long you were an Australian resident between the age of 16 and age pension age.

If you were an Australian resident for:

  • 35 years or more your rate normally won’t change
  • less than 35 years you’ll normally get a lower rate, for example, if you were a resident for 10 years you’ll get 10/35ths of your usual rate

Your rate normally won’t change if you:

  • were an Australian resident for 25 years or more, and
  • were getting Wife Pension or another Australian social security payment while living outside Australia on 1 July 2014

What may be different

If you get Wife Pension under a social security agreement with another country, that agreement sets the amount you get while outside Australia.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 7 November 2017