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Non-automatic Grant of ISS During the Bereavement Period

Non-automatic grant of income support supplement during the bereavement period

The date of effect for a non-automatic grant of ISS during the bereavement period is the day after the end of the bereavement period (day 99). This allows for consistency with the automatic grant policy and is in keeping with the intent of the bereavement provisions.    

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Survivor receives an automatic grant of ISS

The details about automatic ISS grant and date of effect are provided in another topic.    

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The date of effect, or effective date, is the day on which a certain incident or 'event' begins affecting a pension assessment.

ISS is an income support payment that may be paid to eligible war widows and widowers under the VEA and persons receiving wholly dependent partners' compensation under the MRCA, and who satisfy the means tests. It is an indexed rate, increased twice-yearly in March and September in line with changes to the cost of living and/or average wages. Income Support Supplement (ISS) legislation commenced on 20 March 1995. It is a payment created to replace the ceiling rate income support age, carer, wife and disability support pensions, paid to war widows/widowers by Centrelink.



Bereavement period, as defined in section 53H of VEA, in relation to a person's death, means the period of 98 days starting on the day on which the person died.