A woman is qualified for a special needs widow B pension if:
(aa) the woman has not reached pension age; and
(a) the woman has not resided in Australia at any time after 7 May 1973; and
(b) the woman:
(i) was, immediately before 1 July 1987, receiving a widow's pension as a class B widow under the 1947 Act; or
(ii) on 1 July 1987 had turned 45 years old and:
(A) was receiving a supporting parent's benefit or a widow's pension as a class A widow on or after that day; or
(B) was receiving a sole parent pension after 1 March 1989; or
(iii) on 1 July 1987 had turned 50 years old; and
Note: For sole parent pension see subsection 23(1).
(d) the woman:
(i) was legally married and her husband has died; or
(ii) was a dependent female, that is:
(A) she was a member of a couple and her partner has died; and
(B) she was a member of the couple for 3 years immediately before her partner died; and
(C) she was wholly or mainly financially maintained by him; and
(e) both the woman and the man were residing permanently in Australia when the man died; and
(f) the woman is not a member of another couple; and
(g) the woman is, in the Secretary's opinion, in special need of financial assistance.
Note 1: For member of a couple see subsections 4(2), (3) and (6).
Note 2: A person who is receiving a special needs widow B pension may be automatically transferred to the special needs age pension if the person becomes qualified for the special needs age pension (see subsection 789(3)).