Widow Allowance

An income support payment if you’re a woman over a set age who became widowed, divorced or separated after turning 40.

Eligibility basics

  • born on or before 1 July 1955
  • widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40
  • little or no recent workforce experience
  • under the income and assets test limits
New claims for Widow Allowance will be closed from 1 July 2018. Other payments are available. Read more about Widow Allowance claims closing.

Page last updated: 23 May 2018