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 can get

How much Widow B Pension you can get depends on your income, assets and other circumstances.

Read more about how much you can get

Managing your payment

Change of circumstances

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

Read more about change of circumstances

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 for your main income support payment.

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.

Read more about when you reach age pension age

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 how Centrepay works.

Related payments and services

Page last updated: 20 September 2017