Claiming Bereavement Allowance

Check if you're eligible before you start your claim. How to submit your claim for Bereavement Allowance after your partner’s death.

From 1 July 2018, you can no longer submit an intent to claim for certain payments and concession cards. For the latest news, read our article on intent to claim stopping.


  • find out what you need before you start
  • fill in your claim form
  • submit the form and other documents we ask for
  • wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result

Before you start

You should:

Intent to claim

You can register an intent to claim so we can pay you Bereavement Allowance from the earliest possible date.

If you register your intent to claim:

  • within 4 weeks of your partner's death - we can pay you from the date they died
  • after 4 weeks but within 14 weeks of your partner's death - we can pay you from the date you registered your intent to claim

You need to submit your claim within 14 days of your intent to claim for us to pay you from the earliest possible date.

You cannot register your intent to claim after 14 weeks from your partner’s death, unless you are pregnant at the time of your partner’s death. If this is the case, you must lodge your intent to claim before these dates, whichever is the later:

  • 14 weeks from your partner’s death
  • your child is born, or
  • you are no longer pregnant

Claim form

Print and complete the Claim for Bereavement Allowance form and the Income and assets form.

If you can't print the forms:

Supporting information

You may need to provide some other documents to support your claim including:

You will also need to provide us with your income and assets information.

Submit your claim

Within 14 days of telling us of your intent to claim, submit your completed forms and supporting documents:

Wait for the results

We'll tell you:

  • if your claim is successful
  • when we'll start paying you
  • how much you'll get

You have the right to appeal any decision we make.

Read more about reviews and appeals.

Page last updated: 17 June 2018