An income support payment we used to offer for women whose partner gets Age Pension or Disability Support Pension.
No new Wife Pensions
We stopped granting this payment from 1 July 1995.
Who’s still eligible
If you got Wife Pension before 1 July 1995, you can stay on it for:
- as long as you’re still eligible, or
- until you transfer to Age Pension
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Wife Pension you get.
Eligibility & payment rates
Income test for pensions
Your income can reduce your pension.
The value of assets you and your partner own affects if you can get Wife Pension and how much you can get.
How much you can get
The amount of Wife Pension you can get depends on your and your partners combined income and assets and if you live together.
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances
You need to tell us about changes that could reduce or stop your Wife Pension.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
If you travel outside Australia
You can normally get Wife Pension while outside Australia provided your partner’s payment has not stopped.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
Income Stream Reviews
Each financial year we review certain types of income streams to ensure we assess your payments correctly.
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
Wife Pension can continue to be paid to people who are over age pension age.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank 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.