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### SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 660YKF

Effect of death of surviving partner

If:

(a)  a surviving partner is qualified for payments under this Subdivision in relation to the death of the deceased partner; and

(b)  the surviving partner dies within the bereavement period; and

(c)  the Secretary does not become aware of the death of the deceased partner before the surviving partner dies;

there is payable, as a lump sum, to any person that the Secretary thinks appropriate, an amount worked out using the following Lump Sum Calculator:

LUMP SUM CALCULATOR

This is how to work out the amount of the lump sum:

Method statement

Step 1.   Work out the amount that would have been payable to the surviving partner on the surviving partner's payday immediately after the day on which the surviving partner died if:

(a)     neither the surviving partner nor the deceased partner had died; and

(b)     if immediately before the deceased partner's death the couple were an illness separated couple or a respite care couple--they were not such a couple.

Note:             For illness separated couple and respite care couple see subsections 4(7) and 4(8) respectively.

Step 2.   Work out the amount that would have been payable to the deceased partner on the deceased partner's payday immediately after the day on which the surviving partner dies if:

(a)     neither the surviving partner nor the deceased partner had died; and

(b)     if immediately before the deceased partner's death the couple were an illness separated couple or a respite care couple--they were not such a couple.

Note:             For illness separated couple and respite care couple see subsections 4(7) and 4(8) respectively.

Step 3.   Add the results of Step 1 and Step 2: this result is called the combined rate .

Step 4.   Work out the amount of mature age allowance that would have been payable to the surviving partner on the surviving partner's payday immediately after the day on which the surviving partner died if:

(a)     mature age allowance had been payable to the surviving partner on that payday; and

(b)     the surviving partner was not a member of a couple on that payday:

the result is called the surviving partner's notional rate .

Step 5.   Take the surviving partner's notional rate away from the combined rate: the result is called the deceased partner's instalment component .

Step 6.   Work out the number of the surviving partner's paydays in the period that starts on the day on which the surviving partner dies and ends on the day on which the bereavement period ends.

Step 7.   Multiply the deceased partner's instalment component by the number obtained in Step 6: the result is the amount of the lump sum payable under this section.

Note:          For bereavement period and first available bereavement adjustment payday see section 21.