How much you can get

Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment is a tax free lump sum payment.

The payment amount depends on:

  • how long your late partner was an accruing member of the scheme
  • how many bonus periods they built up (maximum of 5), and
  • your relationship status with them when they deferred claiming Age Pension

If your partner was blind, we won’t assess your income and assets.

Years in Scheme Highest rate Highest rate if apart due to ill health before your partner's death
1 year $1,602.00 $2,119.90
2 years $6,408.20 $8,479.70
3 years $14,418.40 $19,079.30
4 years $25,632.70 $33,918.80
5 years $40,051.10 $52,998.10

We update the payment rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.

Page last updated: 13 May 2019

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