220.127.116.11 Continuation, variation or termination of BVA
Note: BVA closed to new entrants on 20 March 2020. Those receiving BVA before 20 March 2020 may continue to receive the payment until the end of their bereavement period, as long as they remain eligible. From 20 March 2020, BVA recipients who require income support at the end of their bereavement period can claim JSP or another income support payment.
The following are the circumstances in which payment of BVA may be terminated:
- the maximum payment period expires, OR
- another social security pension, social security benefit, or service pension becomes payable, OR
- the recipient has failed to take reasonable action to obtain a CFP (1.1.C.230), OR
- the recipient dies.
These circumstances are explained in more detail in the rest of this topic.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security benefit'
SSAct pre-20 March 2020 section 23(1)-'social security pension'
Maximum payment period
BVA is payable for a maximum period of 14 weeks, or for a woman who is pregnant, until the birth of the baby or the woman is no longer pregnant.
Another pension/benefit becomes payable
If a person is receiving BVA when another pension or benefit, or service pension becomes payable, BVA must cease from the day before the new pension or benefit becomes payable.
Comparable foreign payment
BVA can be cancelled or suspended if the recipient fails to take reasonable action to obtain a CFP.
Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 40 Rejection of claim for failure to obtain foreign payment
SS(Admin)Act pre-20 March 2020 section 66 Notice to obtain foreign payment
Policy reference: SS Guide 7.3.3 CFP notices & reasonable action requirements
Death of recipient
When a BVA recipient dies, any amount of BVA which has accrued but not yet been paid, may be paid to another person upon application, IF in the Secretary's opinion that person is best entitled to it. Generally, the application must be made within 6 months of the BVA recipient's death, but can be authorised outside this period in special circumstances.
The estate of a deceased BVA recipient is entitled to be paid the income support payment until the end of the entitlement period in which they died (an entitlement period is the 14 days between each payment).
Act reference: SSAct pre-20 March 2020 section 359 Death of recipient
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.5 Bereavement payment provisions
BVA is only reviewed when a recipient notifies Centrelink of a change in circumstances.