Bereavement payments for carers

Bereavement payments for carers

If you have recently experienced the loss of someone you were caring for, you may be able to access a bereavement payment.

Bereavement payments are available through Centrelink as a lump sum or short-term payment when your partner, or the person you were caring for, has died.


You may be eligible for a bereavement payment if:

  1. Your partner dies and you were both receiving:

  2. If you are caring for an adult who dies and you were receiving a Carer Payment for them.

  3. If you are receiving:

    • A Carer Allowance for an adult who dies, and

    • An income support payment, other than a Carer Payment, where the income support payment does not qualify you for a bereavement payment.

  4. Your partner was a member of the Pension Bonus Scheme and dies before making a claim for the bonus.

Some payments may continue for 14 weeks following the death to provide you time to seek other income support arrangements. These may include:

  • Carer payment - an income support payment if you give constant care to someone who has a severe disability, illness, or an adult who is frail and old.

  • Wife Pension – available only to eligible women who started receiving this payment before 1 July 1995.

  • Partner Allowance - A payment for non-working partners of people on income support prior to 20 September 2003.


The type and amount of bereavement payment depends on your individual circumstances and when you inform Centrelink about the person's death.

  • If you receive a Carer Allowance for an adult who dies, and an income support payment, other than Carer Payment, you are not qualified for a Bereavement Payment, you may receive a Carer Allowance Bereavement Payment instead.

  • If you receive a Carer Payment for a person who dies, you may continue to get this payment for up to 14 weeks after the person's death. You may also get a lump sum Bereavement Payment.

  • If your partner dies you may be eligible for a Bereavement Payment. Centrelink pays this as a lump sum, usually equal to the total you and your partner would have received as a couple, minus your new single rate, up to 14 weeks after your partner’s death.

  • If your partner registered for the Pension Bonus Scheme with Centrelink or with the Department of Veterans' Affairs and dies before making a successful claim for Age Pension and Pension Bonus, you may be eligible for Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment. The payment is based on the amount of Pension Bonus your partner would have been paid.

  • When a single allowance recipient dies, their estate may be entitled to payment up to their date of death for payments like:

  • When a single pensioner dies, a final payment is paid covering the fortnightly period in which they died. Usually this final payment is paid into the deceased person's bank account which can then be accessed by the executor of their estate.


If you need to make a claim, please call the bereavement line on 13 23 00 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm). Centrelink will answer your questions and assess the situation to help you access the payment you are entitled to. Find out more about Bereavement Payments.