Wife Pension (WP) - Description

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

No new claims of WP have been granted from 1 July 1995.

Partners of social security pension recipients granted after 1 July 1995 must test their eligibility for alternative income support payments such as:

  • newstart allowance, or
  • parenting payment.

Act reference: SSAct section 147(1) Qualification for WP

Policy reference: SS Guide Age Pension (Age) - Description, Disability Support Pension (DSP) - Description, 3.4.2 WP - Qualification & Payability, WP - Current Rates

Last reviewed: 16 May 2016