Widow Allowance

A payment for widowed, divorced or separated women over a set age.

Eligibility basics

  • be a woman born on or before 1 July 1955
  • widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40
  • little or no recent workforce experience.
New claims for Widow Allowance closed on 1 July 2018. Check to see if you meet the Widow Allowance eligibility as you may be eligible to claim other payments.
If you were getting an eligible payment on 2 April 2019, we’ll pay you an Energy Assistance Payment in June.

Page last updated: 9 July 2019

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