WA was introduced to provide an income support option for older women who have lost the support of a partner (1.1.P.70), through death, divorce or separation and who have no recent workforce experience (1.1.R.80). WA will be phased out from 1 July 2005 with new grants from this date only to be made to women who were born on or before 1 July 1955.
Recipients receiving WA MAY also receive:
WA is paid fortnightly.
From 20 March 1997, WA recipients who were OVER age pension age (section 23(5B) to section 23(5D)) were transferred to Age. After this date, WA recipients who were UNDER age pension age on 20 March 1997 are transferred to Age when they reach age pension age.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(5B) A woman born before 1 July 1935 reaches pension age when..., section 23(5C) A woman born within the period specified..., section 23(5D) A woman born during the period specified..., section 408BA(2) Qualification for widow allowance
Last reviewed: 2 January 2013