Widow B Pension

A payment for a widow who didn’t get Parenting Payment, has limited money and lost the financial support of their partner.

New grants of Widow B Pension stopped on 20 March 1997. If you got Widow B Pension before then, you can keep getting it for as long as you are eligible or transfer to Age Pension.

Eligibility & payment rates

Income test for pensions

Your income can reduce your pension.

Read more about income tests for pensions

Assets test for pensions

The value of various assets you own can have an effect on your eligibility for a pension.

Refer to the assets test limits to view the current maximum value of assets you can have before it affects your pension.

Asset Hardship provisions

If you are in severe financial hardship and have little or no entitlement to a payment, you can apply to be paid under the Asset Hardship provisions.

How much you get

How much you get depends on your income, assets and other circumstances.

We update payment rates each year on:

  • 20 March, and
  • 20 September
If you're single
Pension rate per fortnight $814.00
Maximum Pension Supplement $66.30
Energy Supplement $14.10
Total $894.40

Transitional arrangements

Transitional arrangements apply if you got a part pension as at 19 September 2009. You get this payment until you get an equal or higher rate under the new rules.

Rates are indexed by Consumer Price Index only.

If you're single
Pension Reform Transitional Arrangements Rate each fortnight $738.30
Energy Supplement $14.10
Total $752.40


We’ll review your Widow B Pension from time to time.

If your income varies, you’ll need to tell us every fortnight.

If you disagree with our decision, you can appeal.

Managing your payment

Change of circumstances

We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your payment.

You need to tell us if:

  • your income changes
  • you move house
  • you re-partner, or
  • you leave Australia

There are other changes you need to tell us about.

How and when to tell us

The easiest way is through our self service options.

You need to:

  • tell us within 14 days of the change
  • make sure your details are up to date in myGov

It’s never too late to report a change.

If you don’t tell us

You have 14 days to tell us about the changes. If you don’t do this, we may pay you too much and you’ll probably have to pay the money back.

If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, we could charge you with fraud.

Read about how to avoid committing fraud.

Advance payment

You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.

Read more about advance payment

If you travel outside Australia

You can normally get Widow B Pension while outside Australia. But there are rules about how much we can pay you, based on how long you’re away for.

Read more about Widow B Pension if you travel outside Australia

Weekly payment option

Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.

Read more about weekly payments

Income Stream Reviews

Each financial year we review certain types of income streams. We do this in August and February.

Read more about Pension Income Stream Reviews

Income reporting

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.

Read more about income reporting

When you are age pension age

You can continue to receive Widow B Pension for as long as you remain eligible, or until you choose to transfer to Age Pension.

Some things do not change whether you remain on Widow B Pension or transfer to Age Pension. These include:

  • your rate of payment and income and assets tests
  • your concession card
  • access to the Work Bonus

Benefits if you transfer to Age Pension include:

  • the rules for Age Pension may be better if you intend to travel outside Australia
  • you may be able to have more land exempted from the assets test if your home is situated on a block of land larger than 2 hectares, and on 1 title

In some circumstances, you may be better off remaining on Widow B Pension. These include:

Read more about how to transfer to Age Pension.

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn


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.

Read more about regular deductions using Centrepay

Related payments and services

Page last updated: 20 September 2017