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War Widow's/Widower's Pension and Orphan's Pension Claims
Last amended: 4 March 2011
Who can lodge a claim?
A claim for war widow's/widower's pension or orphan's pension can be made by a:
- widow, or
- 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:
- the child's parent or guardian, or by another person authorised by the parent or guardian, or
- a person approved by Commission if there is not a parent or guardian alive, willing or able to make the claim or approve a person to make the claim.
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.
Establishing proof or a relationship to a 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
A war widow/widower or orphan will be automatically granted pension if:
- they were dependant on the deceased veteran, and
- the veteran was:
- a former prisoner of war, or
- receiving the Extreme Disablement Adjustment, or
- receiving a disability pension at the Intermediate rate, or
- receiving a disability pension at an increased rate due to being a double amputee, or blinded or
- receiving a disability pension at the Temporary Special Rate, or
- receiving a disability pension at the Special Rate (T&PI).
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.
Exemptions from the requirement to lodge a claim