188.8.131.52 Wife pension (WP) - description
Note: WP ceased on 20 March 2020. The following information is for historical purposes only.
Objective of WP
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment'
WP recipients MAY also receive:
- pension supplement
- rent assistance
- remote area allowance
- pensioner concession card, and
- CDEP participant supplement (CPS).
Bereavement payment provisions
How WP is paid
WP is paid fortnightly.
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:
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 1.2.1.05 Jobseeker payment (JSP) - description, 184.108.40.206 Age pension (Age) - description, 220.127.116.11 Disability Support Pension (DSP) - Description, 18.104.22.168 Carer payment (CP) - description, 3.4.2 WP - qualification & payability, 22.214.171.124 WP - current rates