Prepare to transfer to Age Pension
If you get Widow Allowance and you’re Age Pension age, you can apply to transfer to Age Pension.
What you need to know
Widow Allowance is ending on 1 January 2022. You’ll need to transfer to Age Pension on or before this date to continue getting a payment from us.
If you’re over Age Pension age, you need to submit a claim for Age Pension as soon as possible.
We’ll send the invitation to your online account, if you have one. If you don’t, we’ll post the invitation and form to you. We’ll fill in the form and the online transfer with details we already know about you.
What the benefits are
If you apply to transfer to Age Pension:
- you may get a higher rate of payment and more generous income and assets tests
- you’ll get a Pensioner Concession Card
- you may get the Work Bonus
- we exempt more land from the assets test if you live on a single land title covering more than 2 hectares.
These factors may change based on your individual circumstances.
What happens if you stay on Widow Allowance until 1 January 2022
If you stay on Widow Allowance, you’ll continue to have access to both:
Once you reach Age Pension age, we’ll automatically pay you the Pension Supplement. We’ll pay this to you with your regular fortnightly payment of Widow Allowance. The supplement replaces the following allowances:
How to confirm your decision
You need to complete and return the form or online activity we send you and confirm you want to transfer to Age Pension.
You also have to tell us about any superannuation you have.
Read more about applying to transfer to Age Pension.
Page last updated: 2 July 2021
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