Your Age Pension after your partner dies

When your partner dies, we need to reassess your income and assets. To stay eligible for Age Pension you need to meet the thresholds as a single person.

If any of your circumstances change, you need to let us know. When this happens, we’ll reassess to see if you’re eligible to stay on Age Pension.

If you aren’t eligible we’ll stop your payment and send you a letter to notify you.

If you’re still eligible, we’ll send you a letter to tell you what your pension payment will be.

Keep in mind, we have information to help you if you need to find support after your partner has died.

We’ll reassess your income

We’ll reassess your income as a single person. You can earn up to $174 per fortnight before your pension is reduced. For every dollar over $174, your pension will reduce by 50 cents.

There may be other factors that can impact how your income will affect your pension. You can read more about income test for pensions.

We’ll reassess your assets

We’ll reassess your assets as a single person. There are limits to how much your assets can be worth before it affects your pension amount. If you’re a homeowner, your pension will reduce if your assets are more than $263,250. If you’re a non-homeowner, your pension will reduce if your assets are more than $473,750.
You can read more about assets and the assets test limits.

Asset Hardship provisions

You can apply for Asset Hardship provisions if you’re in severe financial hardship and you either:

  • don’t get Age Pension
  • get a small amount of Age Pension.

You can appeal the decision

You can ask us to review the decision we made to stop your Age Pension.

Page last updated: 27 August 2019