Help for dealing with bereavement
It is never easy to lose a loved one. Bereavement is an extremely difficult time, and it can also trigger substantial changes in the way you manage your finances. This can be a big challenge for people who haven't been involved in managing the household budget before.
As with all major life changes, it is important to notify the Department of Human Services quickly so that we can determine the payments and services that best suit you. If you are currently receiving a Centrelink payment you may be eligible for bereavement payment if your partner, child or person you were caring for dies. If your partner has recently died, you may be eligible for a bereavement allowance, which is a short-term payment that provides financial support while you adjust to your changed circumstances.
Our Financial Information Service is a useful resource to discuss options and provide the information you need to make informed decisions about your financial affairs.
In the weeks following the loss of a loved one, you will also need to notify other organisations and government agencies about the situation. The department has a useful checklist available online. The best starting point is humanservices.gov.au/bereavement
Hank Jongen, Department of Human Services