Residence rules

To get the Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment your partner must have been an Australian resident when they died and lived in Australia.

To claim Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment your partner must have:

  • been an Australian resident at the time of their death, and
  • lived in Australia, as an Australian resident for:
    • 10 years continuously
    • at least 5 years continuously at any time and more than 10 years in total, or
    • 104 weeks immediately prior to their death - for a woman who was widowed while both she and her partner were Australian residents

What may be different

If your partner didn't meet the above requirements, you may still qualify for a Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment if your partner:

  • was a refugee on arrival in Australia, or
  • got Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Widow B Pension, or Mature Age Allowance when they turned Age Pension age

Page last updated: 13 May 2019

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