Bereavement Payments and Funeral Benefits
Bereavement Payment is a lump sum amount payable following the
death of a disability or service pensioner. The payment is
- the partner of the disability pensioner;
- the pensioner partner of a service pensioner; or
- the pensioner partner of an ISS recipient.
to assist the partner in adjusting to change in financial
circumstances following the death of the disability
pensioner, service pensioner or ISS recipient.
The payment is non-taxable and is a separate payment from
funeral benefit. The Bereavement Payment for a disability
pensioner is equivalent to12 weeks of disability pension capped
at the100% rate. The Bereavement Payment of a service
pensioner or ISS recipient is equivalent to 14 week's
pension. Partners of veterans who received both Disability
and Service Pension may receive both types of Bereavement
Funeral benefits are a lump sum payment paid to the estate or
the person paying for the funeral of certain deceased veterans to
assist with the cost.
A funeral benefit is payable where the veteran:
- died from an accepted disability;
- was in receipt of special rate, extreme disability
adjustment or specific disability adjustment for
certain amputations or blindness;
- was a former prisoner of war;
- died in needy circumstances; or
- died in hospital or travelling to or from hospital for
health care approved by DVA.
We strongly recommend that if you are going to make a
Bereavement Payment or Funeral Benefits claim, you should consult
an ex-service organisation, (that you have confidence in), who
have pension officers that have competed the Training
Information Program, (TIP).
For further information on applying for the Bereavement
Payment or Funeral Benefits, contact your nearest DVA office or
visit their web site at www.dva.gov.au
and look up fact sheet BR
01 for Funeral Benefits or BR
02 for Bereavement Payments.
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia can assist any
veteran of any conflict, their widow/er's and
children by providing advice and assistance in regard to all
pensions matters. Simply contact your nearest sub-branch.