You need to meet eligibility requirements and claim within a certain time to get Bereavement Allowance.
You may be eligible for Bereavement Allowance if all of the following apply:
- your partner dies
- you haven't re-partnered
- you can't get a service or war widows pension from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
- you meet income and assets tests and
- you meet residence rules.
If your partner dies you must have been either:
- in a registered relationship - a relationship that’s registered under certain state and territory laws
- living together as a couple.
You must submit your claim within either:
- 4 weeks of your partner's death, to get a payment from the date your partner died
- 14 weeks of your partner's death, to get a payment from the date of your claim.
If you’re pregnant when your partner dies, you must claim Bereavement Allowance either before:
- your child is born
- you are no longer pregnant.
When you can't get it
You can’t get Bereavement Allowance if you get another income support payment.
If you do get another payment, it may be better for you to transfer to Bereavement Allowance. Call the Bereavement line to talk to us about your options.