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Under law, a dependent for the purpose of receiving a superannuation death benefit is:
- A spouse or de facto spouse
- A child of the deceased (regardless of age, and including any adopted or ex-nuptial child, step-child, or child of the deceased’s spouse)
- A person who is in an interdependency relationship with the deceased (i.e. a person who has a close personal relationship and lived with the deceased, and with whom the deceased shared financial or domestic support and personal care)
DO NOT nominate a parent, brother, sister or other relative where there is no interdependent relationship to the deceased, as such nominations are invalid. Nominations made to parents, brothers or sisters or other relatives where there is no interdependent relationship are invalid.