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Eligibility for Single Pensioner Bereavement Payment

Last amended 
28 February 2022


Who is eligible?

Pensioners eligible for a Single Pensioner Bereavement Payment are those who were:

Note: Prior to 1 January 2022, some partners, with a nil rate of social security payment, may still have been considered recipients of a social security payment due to the impact of DFISA. In this circumstance, their surviving partner may have been eligible for a partnered pensioner bereavement payment. DFISA ceased 1 January 2022.    

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A service pension is an income support payment broadly equivalent to the social security age and disability support pensions. It may be paid once a veteran or partner has reached the nominated age or is incapacitated for work.

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.



The term social security pension is defined in Section 5Q(1) VEA to mean:

  • age pension;
  • disability support pension;
  • carer payment;
  • pension PP (single);
  • sole parent pension;
  • special needs pension.

As benefits (pensions) may change, for the most current definition access this link to the Social Security Act 1991



The term social security benefit is defined in Section 5Q(1) of the VEA to mean:

  • youth allowance;
  • austudy payment;
  • jobseeker payment;
  • special benefit;
  • benefit PP (partnered);
  • parenting allowance.

As benefits (pensions) may change, for the most current definition access this link to the Social Security Act 1991



The information below is for historical reference only.

Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) ceased on 1 January 2022 because adjusted disability income became exempt income under the Social Security Act 1991.  It was an income support payment paid by DVA to people whose income support payment under Social Security Law was reduced, or not payable, because of the impact of adjusted disability pension. DFISA was the difference between the person's existing entitlement, and what the entitlement would have been had adjusted DP been exempt, but was assessed in the calculation of rent assistance.