Who can get it
You must meet certain criteria to get the Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment.
You can’t register for the Pension Bonus Scheme anymore. However, if your partner was a member, you may still claim and get a Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment.
You can get the Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment if your partner meets all of the following:
- died on or after 1 January 2008
- was a Pension Bonus Scheme member for at least 12 months
- didn’t successfully claim Age Pension and Pension Bonus before they died
- didn’t get an income support payment except Carer Payment, or Carer Service Pension since first qualifying for Age Pension
- passed the work test rules for at least 12 months from the date their membership started.
You must meet all of the following:
- residence rules
- have income and assets below the limits
- submit your claim within 26 weeks of your partner's death, unless you get an extension.
If you’re a member
You can’t register for the Pension Bonus Scheme anymore. If you’re registered for the scheme, you may get a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.
You can claim Age Pension and your own pension bonus If you get Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment and you’re both:
- a registered member of the scheme
If you’re a member and relied on your partner's work to pass the work test, you’ll need to either:
- claim your bonus within 26 weeks of your partner’s death
- start work.
To get the Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment your partner must have lived in Australia. They must also have been an Australian resident when they died.
How much Pension Bonus Bereavement you can get depends on a number of circumstances.
Page last updated: 18 November 2020
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