Double Orphan Pension

A regular payment if you’re caring for a child whose parents can’t care for them or have died.

Eligibility basics

  • you care for the child at least 35% of the time, and
  • their parents have both died, or
  • one parent has died and the other is in a psychiatric institution or nursing home for an indefinite time, in prison for at least 10 years or their whereabouts are unknown, or
  • the child is a refugee and both parents are living outside Australia or their whereabouts are unknown

Eligibility & payment rates

Who can receive it

To receive Double Orphan Pension you must meet certain criteria.

Read more about who can receive Double Orphan Pension

How much you receive

You can receive $63.80 a fortnight untaxed.

Read more about how much Double Orphan Pension you can receive

Residence rules

On the day you claim Double Orphan Pension you must be living 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
  • register an intent to claim
  • fill in your claim form
  • submit the form and other documents we ask for, and
  • wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result


Managing your payment

Change of circumstances

You need to report any changes to your circumstances.

Read more about reporting your change of circumstances

While travelling outside Australia

There are rules about how long your Double Orphan Pension can be paid while you, or the children for whom you receive this payment, travel outside Australia.

Read more about Double Orphan Pension while travelling outside Australia

Someone to deal with us on your behalf

If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.

Read more about someone to deal with us on your behalf

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 more Managing your money

Payment and Service Finder

Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.

Read more about Payment and Service Finder

Page last updated: 11 December 2017