Government Assistance

Key Points

  • The Australian government has multiple points of entry into their numerous services relating to personal and financial assistance following a bereavement. See our links in this section.

Useful Links – Government Assistance

Useful links for Government Assistance:  Please note that these links may be subject to change over time. ASIC website Moneysmart: Moneysmart – Life Events – Losing Your Partner Human Services (Centrelink): Early Release of Superannuation What to do Following a Death Bereavement Payment…

Seeking Emotional Grief Support

Grief counselling can be helpful at the time of loss or long after, to provide an opportunity for you to work through the painful thoughts and feelings attached to your memories.  Although the sadness may always be with you, learning to live with…

Accessing further assistance with funeral costs

If you are paying for a deceased’s funeral, their bank may be able to release money from their account to pay the funeral expenses, before ‘probate’ is granted. That means before the court validates their Will. The bank will require relevant documentation such as…

Early Superannuation Release

However, in some specific circumstances, the law does allow you to access your superannuation early. These limited circumstances include specified compassionate grounds and severe financial hardship. For more information about early release of superannuation on compassionate grounds, call 1300 131 060 or visit: The Australian…

Assistance from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) on 13 32 54 (1800 555 254 for regional callers) about how it can help support you with bereavement assistance including the cost of a funeral. A Funeral benefit is a one-off payment towards the funeral costs of…

Financial Concerns

When a member of a couple dies the survivor usually inherits assets previously held in joint names. If your partner had superannuation or a life insurance policy, you may also be entitled to a beneficiary’s payment. You need to contact the relevant superannuation…

Assistance from the Department of Human Services

Read about eligibility and how to start the claiming process for the following payments and services: Bereavement Allowance – a short term income support payment for recently widowed people to help them adjust after the death of their partner Bereavement Payment – helps…