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:

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
  • working.

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.

Our Financial Information Service (FIS) can help you review your options. To book an appointment, call the FIS line.

Page last updated: 25 October 2019