Death Benefit

This section clearly explains death benefits. It’s important members and their families understand what benefits they are entitled to.

Death benefits help to provide peace of mind for our members and financial security for their families.

A DFRDB death benefit may be payable to your eligible dependants or your estate if you die. Eligibility criteria are set out in the DFRDB Act.

Dependant eligibility differs if a member has died in service or after retirement.

See our online guides for potential benefits:


Dependants may also be entitled to claim benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) or Centrelink, in addition to your DFRDB Scheme.

If you're the family member or representative of a deceased member or pensioner, you should contact us to assist with the death benefit process.

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