Bereavement Allowance

A short term payment if your partner has recently died.

Eligibility basics

  • they died less than 14 weeks ago
  • you haven’t re-partnered
  • you meet all other rules

Eligibility & payment rates

Who can get it

You can get Bereavement Allowance if your partner dies and you don’t get another income support payment.

Read more about who can get Bereavement Allowance

How much you get

The amount of Bereavement Allowance you get and how long you get it depends on your situation.

Read more about how much you can get

Income and assets tests

Your income and assets determines how much Bereavement Allowance you can get.

Read more about income and assets tests

Residence rules

On the day you claim Bereavement Allowance, you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.

Read more about residence rules


Check if you're eligible before you start your claim.


  • find out what you need before you start
  • fill in your claim form
  • submit the form and other documents we ask for
  • wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result


Managing your payment

Change of circumstances

We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your Bereavement Allowance payment.

Read more about change of circumstances

While travelling outside Australia

There are rules about how long your Bereavement Allowance can be paid when you travel outside Australia.

Read more about Bereavement Allowance while travelling outside Australia

Weekly payment option

Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.

Read more about weekly payments

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn


Manage your money


We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money.

Regular deductions using Centrepay

You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.

Read more about how Centrepay works.

Page last updated: 1 November 2017