Travel outside Australia

You can normally get Widow B Pension while outside Australia. We base the amount we can pay you on how long you’re away.

What the rules are

You can normally get Widow B Pension for the whole time you’re outside Australia. Even if you live in another country for a while.

Your payment rate may change depending on any of these:

When to tell us about your travel

You need to tell us you’re leaving Australia if any of these apply. You:

Otherwise you don’t need to tell us about your travel. The immigration department will tell us when you leave and return.

The easiest way to tell us about your travel plans is to use your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can get information on how your travel could affect your payments and concession cards. You may need to call us to discuss your circumstances further.

Learn how to register for an online account if you don’t already have one.

If you can’t use an online account, tell us your travel plans by either:

When you leave

Your payment rate may change while you’re outside Australia.

If you leave to live in another country

You’ll get an outside Australia rate and both your:

If you leave Australia for less than 6 weeks

Your Widow B Pension rate normally won’t change.

When you leave Australia for more than 6 weeks, both your:

If you leave Australia for more than 26 weeks

Your rate will depend on how long you were an Australian resident between 16 and Age Pension age.

If you were an Australian resident for:

  • 35 years or more, your rate normally won’t change
  • less than 35 years, you’ll normally get a lower rate.

For example, if you were a resident for 10 years you’ll get 10/35ths of your usual rate.

Your rate normally won’t change if you were both:

  • an Australian resident for 25 years or more
  • getting Widow B Pension or another Australian social security payment while living outside Australia on 1 July 2014.

If there’s a social security agreement

If you get Widow B Pension under an agreement with another country, it sets the amount you get outside Australia.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 17 February 2020