A short term payment if your partner has recently died.
- 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.
How much you get
The amount of Bereavement Allowance you get and how long you get it depends on your situation.
Income and assets tests
Your income and assets determines how much Bereavement Allowance you can get.
On the day you claim Bereavement Allowance, you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
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.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about how long your Bereavement Allowance can be paid when you travel outside Australia.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank 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