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Centrelink lump sum bereavement payment and other pensioner benefits

Death and Bereavement

Centrelink have payments, support and other services to help you when someone close to you dies. It can be a difficult time and you may be going through many different emotions. 

Pensioners may be eligible for Centrelink bereavement payments and other government assistance.

What allowances exist for funeral expenses for Pensioners?

Centrelink offers the following bereavement payments to Australian residents to help with the payment of the funeral. This can be done by calling Centrelink on 132 300 or filling out the Services Australia Advice of Death form available here.


Married Pensioners:

The surviving partner will receive a further 14 weeks of their spouse’s pension. This is usually paid in a lump sum with 48 hours of notification.

Single Pensioners:

The estate will receive one full pension payment after the person’s death.

Carers Pension:

The carer is entitled to a further 14 weeks pension following the death and this will be paid in fortnightly repayments. If the deceased was single/widowed/divorced, there may be an additional lump sum payment to help with funeral costs.

Sole Parent Pension:

The parent is entitled to a further 14 weeks following death and this will be paid in a lump sum.

Surviving Spouse – Bereavement Allowance Pension:

If the surviving spouse does not have sufficient means to support themselves, the bereavement allowance is available for 14 weeks of payments to aid with funeral costs.

Widows Allowance:

If the surviving wife has no recent workforce experience and she is over 50, she may be entitled to regular payments.

Other allowances may be payable through the following institutions:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Insurance Companies
  • Some private health funds Unions

The following can provide information on allowances which may be payable if you are a member of the immediate family of a homicide victim:

  • Victims Compensation Tribunal (NSW)