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War Widow's/Widower's Pension and Orphan's Pension Claims

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Last amended: 4 March 2011

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Who can lodge a claim?

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A claim for war widow's/widower's pension or orphan's pension can be made by a:

  •  widow, or
  •  widower,
  • an other dependant, or
  • another person on behalf of, and with the approval of, the widow(er) or dependant, or
  • a person approved by Commission where the widower or dependant is unable to approve a person to act on their behalf due to physical or mental incapacity.
Who can lodge a claim for a child under 18 years?

A claim for orphan's pension for a child under 18 years of age must be made by:

Proof of relationship to a deceased veteran

Claimants for war widow's/widower's pension or orphan's pension may have to provide proof of their relationship with the deceased veteran.    

 

Requirements of a claim for war widow's/widower's or orphan's pension

A claim for war widow's/widower's or orphan's pension will require investigation of the veteran's medical condition prior to death and their service record. The claim should include the following information:

  • the deceased veterans' name,
  • details of the veteran's service,
  • the names of any doctors and hospitals who treated the veteran,
  • reasons why the claimant believes the veteran's service caused or contributed to their death,
  • information about other dependants.
Automatic grant of pension for certain dependants exempt from requirement to lodge a claim

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A war widow/widower or orphan will be automatically granted pension if:

  • they were dependant on the deceased veteran, and
  • the veteran was:

In such a situation, war widow's/widower's or orphan's pension will be granted without an application being lodged or a determination being made. Where a veteran has died as a result of a disability already accepted as being caused by war or eligible defence service, the death will be determined to be war or defence caused. In these circumstances a claim for pension still needs to be lodged with the Department.