Helps with the costs of caring for orphaned children or children who are unable to be cared for by their parents.
To receive Double Orphan Pension you must care for the child at least 35% of the time because:
- both parents are deceased
- one parent is deceased and the other parent is imprisoned for at least 10 years, in a psychiatric institution or nursing home for an indefinite period, their whereabouts are unknown, or
- the child is a refugee and both parents are outside of Australia or their whereabouts are unknown
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can receive it
You can receive Double Orphan Pension if:
- you care for the child at least 35% of the time
- you receive Family Tax Benefit for the child, or you could receive it but:
- your family's income is too high, or
- the child receives a prescribed education payment, such as ABSTUDY
- the child doesn’t receive an orphan pension from the Department of Veterans' Affairs
- you and the child meet the residence rules, or
- the child is:
- younger than 16 years of age, or
- 16 to 19 years of age, a full time student and doesn’t receive Youth Allowance
One of the following must also apply:
- the child’s parents or adoptive parents have both died
- the child is a refugee who hasn’t lived in Australia with their parents, and:
- has parents outside Australia, or
- doesn’t know where their parents are
- one of the child’s parents has died and the other parent is:
- in prison for at least 10 years
- in custody and could be sentenced to 10 years in prison
- in a psychiatric institution or nursing home for an indefinite period, or
- of unknown whereabouts
There are no income or assets tests.
How much you receive
You can receive $62.60 a fortnight untaxed.
You may receive more depending on how much Family Tax Benefit we paid before the child became an orphan.
We update payment rates on 1 January each year.
To make sure you receive the right amount, we review your payment:
- every 2 years, or
- when your circumstances change
On the day you claim Double Orphan Pension, you must be living in Australia and either:
- have Australian citizenship
- hold a permanent visa
- hold a Special Category visa, or
- hold either a Partner Provisional or Temporary Protection visa
The child must also meet these rules or be living with you.
To keep getting Double Orphan Pension
You must continue to meet these rules for as long as you get this payment.
If you don’t meet these rules but you’ve lived or worked in a country that has a social security agreement with Australia, the agreement may help you to claim.
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
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Change of circumstances
You need to report any changes to your 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.
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