How much you can get

How much Pension Bonus Bereavement you can get depends on a number of circumstances.

The payment amount depends on all of these:

  • how much Age Pension your partner would have got if they had claimed before they died
  • how long your late partner was an accruing member of the scheme
  • how many bonus periods they accrued, maximum of 5
  • your relationship status with them when they deferred claiming Age Pension.

If your partner was blind, we won’t assess your income and assets.

How many bonus periods they had Maximum bonus you’ll get Maximum bonus you’ll get if apart due to ill health before your partner's death
1 year $1,675.10 $2,516.50
2 years $6,700.50 $8,865.90
3 years $15,076.10 $19,948.20
4 years $26,801.90 $35,463.40
5 years $41,877.90 $55,411.60

The Department of Social Services reviews payment rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.

Next: How to claim

Complete the following steps to claim Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment. Before you start, check if you can get it.

Page last updated: 20 September 2021