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.
Page last updated: 19 October 2020
This information was printed 7 December 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/pension-bonus-scheme/who-can-get-payment/residence-rules. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.