Residence rules

When you claim a Pension Bonus, generally you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.

How long you need to have been a resident

To get a Pension Bonus, generally you need to meet both of the following:

  • you have been an Australian resident for at least 10 years in total.
  • for at least 5 of those years, there must be no break in your residence.

How else you may meet the rules

Some people can get a Pension Bonus if they've been an Australian resident for less than 10 years.

Refugee or former refugee

You may get a Pension Bonus if you’re a refugee or former refugee.

On another payment

You may get a Pension Bonus if you reach Age Pension age and were getting 1 of the following:

Mature Age Allowance payments stopped in 2008.

Widow B Pension payments stopped in 2020.

Woman whose partner died

You may get a Pension Bonus if you’re a woman whose partner died. You must meet all of the following:

  • you and your partner were Australian residents when your partner died
  • you were an Australian resident for the 2 years before your Pension Bonus claim.

You can’t claim a Pension Bonus if you use an international social security agreement to get Age Pension.

Page last updated: 19 October 2020