The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. When do bereavement payments apply


Bereavement payments are made as a temporary continuation of a person's payment or as a lump sum payment. The temporary continuation of a person's payment where they otherwise may no longer be eligible for that payment makes it easier for survivors to adjust to changed financial circumstances after a death. Lump sum payments are designed to assist eligible social security recipients with the immediate expenses associated with a death.

Bereavement payments may be paid in respect of:

  • a single pension recipient
  • a partner
  • a care receiver, or
  • a dependent child.

Bereavement payments for adults

Bereavement payments for adults, including payments made in respect of a single pensioner, partner or care receiver, are outlined in subsequent topics.

Bereavement payments for dependent children

Bereavement payments for people receiving a social security payment in respect of a dependent child are outlined in subsequent topics.

Information about FTB and related issues such as bereavement payments can be found in the FA Guide.

Act reference: FAAct section 31 Continued eligibility for FTB if an FTB or regular care child dies

Policy reference: FA Guide FTB child, Death of an FTB or regular care child

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