Wife pension (WP) - description

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

Objective of WP

WP is an income support payment for female partners of people receiving Age or DSP as of June 1995.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment'

Supplementary assistance

WP recipients MAY also receive:

  • pension supplement
  • rent assistance
  • remote area allowance
  • pensioner concession card, and
  • CDEP participant supplement (CPS).

Bereavement payment provisions

The surviving member of a couple (1.1.M.120) may be eligible for bereavement payments following the death of a partner (1.1.P.85).

How WP is paid

WP is paid fortnightly.

Background information

WP closed to new entrants from 1 July 1995.

WP ceased on 20 March 2020 and WP recipients transferred to one of the following payments if they were eligible:

  • CP for WP recipients receiving CA on 19 March 2020

  • Age for WP recipients who had reached pension age and were not receiving CA on 19 March 2020

  • JSP for WP recipients under pension age who were living in Australia and not receiving CA on 19 March 2020.

Act reference: SSAct section 43(1B) Qualification for Age, section 198AD Qualification - WP and CA recipient, section 654(1) Rate of JSP for former recipients of WP

SSAct pre-20 March 2020 section 147(1) Qualification for WP

Policy reference: SS Guide Jobseeker payment (JSP) - description, Age pension (Age) - description, Disability Support Pension (DSP) - Description, Carer payment (CP) - description, 3.4.2 WP - qualification & payability, WP - current rates

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020