CBR014 Sri Lankan Pensions


The Department of Pensions will cease the practice of paying Sri Lankan pensions through Sri Lanka overseas Missions with effect from 1st October 2018.

All Sri Lankan pensioners, including those residing overseas, will be required thereafter to hold a Sri Lankan bank account to which their pension will be paid.

Pensioners currently receiving their Sri Lankan pension through the High Commission in Canberra, are therefore kindly requested to take immediate action to open a bank account in Sri Lanka before 1st October 2018.

Please follow the instructions given in the Department of Pensions website at the URL given below, on how to open a bank account.


Application forms to open bank accounts can be sent through the High Commission.

Life Certificates can continue to be sent through the High Commission, even after 1st October 2018.

Your understanding is appreciated.

1 August 2018

Sri Lanka High Commission



  1. What are the legal frameworks for paying pensions to former Government servants of Sri Lanka?
  • The payment of pensions is governed by the provisions of the Pensions Act and Widows & Orphans’ Pensions Act and the relevant Circulars issued by the Department of Pensions in Sri Lanka from time to time.
  • The most recent circular applicable for Overseas Pensioners is 16/2009 dated 06.04.2010 as amended by 16/2009(extra), 16/2009(3) LG, 05/2011 circulars. These circulars are available on Department of Pension’s official web site pensions.gov.lk
  • According to the latest revision issued by circular No 05/2011, the Department of Pensions has decided;

(a) to limit pension payments through overseas missions.

(b) to pay pensions of those who are residing overseas through special bank accounts.

(Hence, fresh requests to draw pensions through overseas missions will be considered on a case by case basis only for aged pensioners who no longer have Sri Lankan citizenship and connection with the country).

  1. What is the procedure for a retired Government servant of Sri Lanka to obtain pensions while overseas?
  • Through the Embassy/High Commission of Sri Lanka in the respective country where the pensioner is residing
  • Through an Approved Special Bank Account in Sri Lanka.
  • Pensioners, who are travelling for short periods, can continue to receive their pensions via Divisional Secretariats in Sri Lanka by providing a Life Certificate whilst abroad: to (the bank account from where they draw the pension and the relevant Divisional Secretariat with prior approval obtained for such payments form the Department of Pensions.
  1. Where to contact? Forward your application to the following respective offices, closest to your place of residence:
Office & Contact Details

Sri Lanka High Commission,

61, Hampton Circuit, Yarralumla 2600, ACT, Australia

Tele: 02-6198-3756

Fax : 02-6198-3760

E-mail : admin@slhcaust.org


  1. Steps to be taken and the checklist
  Description Important details
1.      How to apply to receive pension in a Foreign Country


  • As per the above circulars those pensioners who wish to receive their payments through the Sri Lanka Mission is required to send a duly completed Data Entry Form to the High Commission or the Department of Pension in Sri Lanka.
  • This Data Entry Form is available in the Pensions Department’s web site under the circular No 05/2011.

Note (Important)

Please download this circular and read carefully before filling the Data Entry Form. Applicants are kindly requested to attach all the documents required in para No 09 in the form to avoid unnecessary delays.

2.      In case of a Widower, in addition to the requirements in para No 09, the following documents should be attached;

(a)   Certified copy of Marriage Certificate

(b)  Certified Copy of Death Certificate of the Pensioner

Widows/Widowers Declaration

Note (Important)

Applicant should place his/her signature before a Diplomatic officer at the High Commission/Consul General office, Honorary Consuls for Sri Lanka, Notary Public or Justice of the Peace etc.

Bank Account


  • The bank account should be an individual account and not a joint account. (In terms of the provision of the Pensions Act, the pension cannot be entrusted to any other person. Therefore, pensioners cannot open accounts to credit pension payments to the names of persons who hold a power of attorney on behalf of pensioner or any other relatives.
  • If any payments are made after death of the pensioner to the account, such payments are subject to refund to the Government of Sri Lanka. The Mission can take legal action (under Australian and New Zealand law) against such persons who continues to receive pension in a fraudulent manner. Relatives of pensioners are expected to inform the Mission of the death of a Pensioner.
Life Certificate submission by current pension receivers


  • Life Certificates should be sent to the Mission once in every three months.
  • It should be certified by a person of good standing i.e Consul General/ Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka, Government Officer, Doctor, Engineer, Accountant, Notary Public or Justice of the Peace.
  • In case of a Widow’s pension, an affidavit stating that the pensioner has not re-married, should be submitted once a year together with the Certified Life Certificate to prove the status.
  • In case no Certified Life Certificate as per the above is received, pension payments will be suspended without any notice. Payment will recommence after the receipt of the Certified Life Certificate and a request to reinstate the payments. Arrears of such non payments will also be considered subject to circumstances of non receipt of Life Certificates.
  • In case of a death of a pensioner, the next of kin has the responsibility to inform about the death in writing to this High Commission as soon as possible and they can apply for Widows’ and Orphans Pension (WNOP) as applicable.
Life Certificate Form

“Please make sure to send this new life certificate application only to get your pension”

Department of Pensions Department of Pensions
Foreign Pension Branch
Maligawatte Secretariat
Colombo 10
Sri LankaT.P : + 94 11 2386469
+ 94 11 2209870
Fax : + 94 11 2342078
+ 94 11 2386469e-mail: foreignpensions@gmail.com
Important Notes
  • The High Commission would like to remind all Sri Lanka Pensioners to send the Certified Life Certificate once in three months in order to receive Pension Payments continuously without any interruption.
  • It is observed that some pensioners have not followed these instructions properly.
  • Please be informed that payments for those who have not submitted their Certified Life Certificates after September 2012 have been suspended with immediate effect.
  • Any pensioner affected by this decision may fill the attached forms as appropriate and send to the High Commission early in order to resume Pension Payments.


Register with the High Commission

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra would like to keep in touch with Sri Lankans and persons of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and other Pacific Islands as well as Sri Lankan community organisations in those countries.

If you are a current/former Sri Lankan or an office bearer of a Sri Lankan community organisation we invite you to register with the High Commission.


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ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6198 3756
Fax: (02) 6198 3760

Email: admin@slhcaust.org
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