1.1.E.120 Entitled person (WidB, WP)

Note: WP and WidB ceased on 20 March 2020. The following information is for historical purposes only.

Definition

Prior to 20 March 2020 'entitled' WP and WidB recipients were entitled to indefinite portability.

An entitled person was a woman who was:

  • an Australian resident for at least 10 years at any time, or
  • receiving WidB because her legal husband died, or
  • was the partner (1.1.P.85) of a man who was affected by the so called 'Greek conspiracy' allegations.

Explanation: In March and April 1978, 181 people were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Commonwealth - the so called 'Greek conspiracy allegations'. The charges related to allegations that they had made, or were connected with, fraudulent claims for social security benefits. As well as those charged, many hundreds more had their payments cancelled or suspended because they were believed to have also been related, indirectly, to the 'conspiracy'. Most of the charges of 'conspiracy' were eventually dropped following Committal Hearings or judicial proceedings. Following recommendations by a Committee of Inquiry, it was decided to compensate those affected by the case. Details of those affected are held in the Legal Services Branch of DSS.

Act reference: SSAct section 7(2) An Australian resident is a person who …

SSAct pre-20 March 2020 section 1212-'entitled person'

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.4.2 WP - qualification & payability, 3.4.4 WidB - qualification & payability, 7.1.2 Portability of payments

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020