Who can get it

To stay on this payment, you must keep meeting the eligibility.

New claims are closed, however you may be able to claim a different payment if you meet this eligibility.

If you’re getting Widow Allowance, but no longer meet eligibility we’ll cancel your payment. You can’t reclaim it. If this happens, you may be able to claim another payment.

To meet the Widow Allowance eligibility, you must meet all of these:

  • be a woman born on or before 1 July 1955
  • not be part of a couple
  • became widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40
  • meet income and assets tests
  • meet residence rules
  • haven’t worked 20 hours or more per week, for at least 13 weeks in total, in the 12 months before you claimed.

Other payments

You can’t make a new claim for Widow Allowance. New claims closed on 1 July 2018.

Other payments such as JobSeeker Payment or Age Pension are available. You can use our Payment and Service Finder to compare payments and see what you may be able to get.

Keep in mind, if you claim JobSeeker Payment and meet Widow Allowance eligibility, you’re exempt from Mutual Obligation Requirements. This means you don’t need to look for work.

If you claim JobSeeker Payment you can volunteer with an employment services provider. They’ll help you to improve your job prospects and learn new skills. You can also volunteer to do community work. You can find a local employment services provider on the jobactive website.

Next: How much you can get

The amount of Widow Allowance you can get depends on your circumstances.

Page last updated: 22 January 2021