Residence rules

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

How long they need to have been a resident

To claim this payment your partner must have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of these years, there must have been no break in their residence.

You must also be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day you claim.

When you don’t meet the rules

Some people can get a Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment if their partner had been an Australian resident for less than 10 years.

Refugee or former refugee

If your partner was a refugee or former refugee.

On another payment

If your partner reached Age Pension age and was getting 1 of the following:

You are a woman whose partner died

You both had to be Australian residents when your partner died. Your partner also needed to be an Australian resident for the 2 years before their death.

Page last updated: 21 August 2019