PSS child pensions

An indexed pension may be payable to a dependent child (where a PSS member or former member died as a result of being HOD) until the child reaches 18 years of age, or up to age 21 if the child continues to be a full-time student in an approved course of study.

SSS child pensions

Eligible children can receive a benefit on the death of a SSS contributor. An eligible child is a child of the deceased member – or a child of the member's spouse or de facto partner – who is under 18, or between the ages of 18 and 25, and enrolled in full-time study with an approved educational institution.

The benefit is generally a fortnightly pension for each eligible child, paid to the surviving parent or guardian of the child.

Benefits payable where deceased is not survived by an eligible spouse

On the death of a pension member who is not survived by an eligible spouse but is survived by an eligible child, the benefit payable is either:

  • a lump sum equal to the deceased's withdrawal benefit from the scheme, or
  • a refund of the deceased's personal contributions paid to SSS, plus a fortnightly pension for each eligible child.

These benefits are paid to the legal personal representative of the deceased SSS member.

Child pensions receive annual cost-of-living adjustments, based on movements in the Consumer Price (All Groups Sydney) Index.

SASS child pensions

Children's pensions are only payable after the death of a transferred LGPF contributor or pensioner. If a transferred LGPF contributor or pensioner dies, a children's pension may be payable, but only to a dependent child. A dependent child in relation to a deceased transferred contributor or pensioner means:

  • a child of that contributor, who has not attained 16 years of age, or
  • a child of that contributor, who has attained 16 years of age but not 25 years of age and who is, in the opinion of the trustees, receiving full-time education at a school, college or university, and is not ordinarily employed or engaged in working for remuneration.

A dependent child must also have been wholly or substantially dependent on the transferred contributor or pension member immediately before that contributor's death.