Under NO circumstances should any death action or death transaction be processed unless there has been a POSITIVE:
Advice of the death of a customer may be notified in a phone call, letter or counter visit by the:
The full name, address and phone number of the informant, and their relationship to the deceased should be ascertained for Centrelink's records.
Centrelink may also learn of the death from:
Whether Centrelink is advised of the death or becomes aware of it, IMMEDIATE action on the same day MUST be taken to confirm the identity of the deceased.
Confirmation of death and identity of the deceased can be accepted if the customer's full name together with 2 of the following items are provided:
Where there is any doubt, such as possible matches the deceased's identity should in the first instance be confirmed by direct telephone contact with the funeral directors concerned. If contact with relatives is proposed, social worker involvement may be necessary. Where death cannot be confirmed and the customer's whereabouts cannot be established, payment is to be suspended pending further investigation.
Last reviewed: 2 August 2004