To get a pension bonus you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
On the day you claim a Pension Bonus you must be:
- an Australian resident, and
- in Australia
How long you need to have been a resident
To get a Pension Bonus you need to have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total. For at least 5 of those years, there must be no break in your residence.
What may be different
The 10 year time frame doesn’t apply if you:
- are a refugee or former refugee
- were getting Partner Allowance, Widow Allowance or Widow B Pension right before you reached age pension age, or
- are a woman whose partner died while you were both Australian residents, and you’ve been a resident for 2 years right before claiming Age Pension