Payments pending probate

A payment pending probate relates to an amount which the Commonwealth owes to a person at the time of their death. Section 25 of the PGPA Rule (Payment of amount owed to person at time of death) gives the Finance Minister the power to authorise payment of such an amount to the person who the Finance Minister considers should receive the payment without requiring production of probate of the will or letters of administration of the deceased person’s estate. This power has been delegated to all accountable authorities of non-corporate Commonwealth entities, who can sub‑delegate it to non‑corporate Commonwealth entity officials.

For more information contact: pmra@finance.gov.au

Last updated: 07 December 2016