2.2.9 Retirement & widows verification

Introduction

The following table lists the verification required for the payments/benefits in the retirement and widows grouping. If more detail is required about specific verification, the second column indicates where you will find this. WP and WidB are NOT in the table, as there have been no new grants of WP since 1 July 1995 and no new grants of WidB since 20 March 1995.

Verification required More detail
Age & PBS
Proof of identity 2.2.1 Verifying Identity
Age 2.2.2 Verifying Personal Details
Income 2.2.3 Verifying Financial Information
Residence 2.2.4 Verifying Residence
Pension bonus bereavement payment
Proof of identity 2.2.1 Verifying Identity
Age 2.2.2 Verifying Personal Details
Income 2.2.3 Verifying Financial Information
Residence 2.2.4 Verifying Residence
Death 2.2.6 Confirming a Death
Widow allowance
Proof of identity 2.2.1 Verifying Identity
Age 2.2.2 Verifying Personal Details
Income 2.2.3 Verifying Financial Information
Residence 2.2.4 Verifying Residence
Most recent employment

1.1.R.80 Recent workforce experience (PA, WA, NSA - cessation of claims for WA exemption)

2.2.8 Other Labour Market & Older Students Verification

Pension loans scheme
Real assets (1.1.A.290) This topic
Age 2.2.2 Verifying Personal Details
Special needs pension
Proof of identity 2.2.1 Verifying Identity
Age 2.2.2 Verifying Personal Details
Income 2.2.3 Verifying Financial Information
Bereavement allowance
Proof of identity 2.2.1 Verifying Identity
Age 2.2.2 Verifying Personal Details
Income 2.2.3 Verifying Financial Information
Residence 2.2.4 Verifying Residence
Death 2.2.6 Confirming a Death

Verifying real assets - PLS

Any property, including the recipient's principal home, which is offered as security for the PLS must be valued. This valuation is done before grant and reviewed annually. A valuation is also required for any other real estate owned by the recipient, if it has not been previously valued.

Valuations are normally done by a professionally qualified valuer appointed by Centrelink at no cost to the recipient.

Explanation: This means the valuation price:

  • is based upon the highest and best use of the asset
  • is one that a willing buyer would agree upon with a willing but not anxious seller, and
  • in the case of real estate or a business, is supported by evidence of recent comparable sales.
Last reviewed: 12 August 2019