An income support payment if you’re a woman over a set age who became widowed, divorced or separated after turning 40.
- born on or before 1 July 1955
- widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40
- haven’t had a job in 12 months
- under the income and assets test limits
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can get it
To get Widow Allowance you need to meet certain criteria.
Payments from another country
If you get Widow Allowance and we think you may get a pension or other payment from another country, we may ask you to:
- apply for that payment, or
- show why you wouldn’t get it
How we can help
We can help you apply for a payment from another country. For example, we can copy documents and send forms to the other country for free.
How much you can get
How much Widow Allowance you can get depends on your income and assets.
Your income can reduce how much we pay you.
Property or items that you or your partner own in full or part, or have an interest in, can affect your payment.
On the day you claim Widow Allowance you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
You may have to wait before your payments start.
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
- tell us you’re going to apply
- fill in the claim form
- get any documents the form asks for
- submit your claim and documents
- wait for us to tell you the result
Managing your payment
Try self service
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
Change of circumstances
We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your Widow Allowance payment.
While travelling outside Australia
To get your payment while outside Australia, you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Widow Allowance.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.
When you reach age pension age
If you get Widow Allowance and reach age pension age, we invite you to transfer to Age Pension.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Improve your skills for education and employment
The Skills for Education and Employment program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths.
Read about Skills for Education and Employment.
Payment and Service Finder
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.