Change of circumstances

We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your Widow Allowance payment.

You must tell us if 1 or more of the following apply:

  • you change or correct your name
  • you become part of a couple
  • you change your address
  • your income changes
  • the value of your assets changes
  • you don’t have to lodge a tax return
  • your care arrangements change
  • your work or study load changes.

How to tell us

You can tell us about changes at any time either:

Changing or correcting your name

It’s important to tell us if you change your legal name.

To change or correct your legal name, we’ll need:

  • an original document issued by a state or territory Births, Deaths and Marriages registry
  • your consent to verify the document.

You need to bring your document to a service centre so we can update our records.

You can find your state or territory Births, deaths and marriage registry on the Australia.gov.au website.

When to report your income

To keep getting Widow Allowance you need to report your income to us either:

  • every 2 weeks if you earn income from working
  • every 12 weeks if you don’t earn income.

Page last updated: 6 January 2021