Income reporting

How much you earn affects your Centrelink payment. We need to know what you have earned each fortnight so you are paid the right amount.

What you need to know when reporting

You need to report within 14 days from the day you receive your Reporting Statement from us. You can do this by calling 132 850 or visiting one of our service centres.

If you do not report, you may have to give back all the payments you received during the period.

When you report your employment income, Activity Test or participation details, you need to report:

  • on or after your reporting date, you cannot report before your reporting date
  • by 5 pm on your reporting date to avoid any delays in your payment
  • online up to 13 days after your reporting date if you are:
    • a job seeker on a payment with participation or Activity Test requirements
    • a student

If you are more than 13 days late you need to call or visit your nearest DHS Service Centre.

You can report online up to six days after your reporting date if you are not a student or if you do not have to meet the activity test. If you are more than six days late, you need to call us or visit your DHS Service Centre.

Check the information on your Reporting Statement for the dates you are due to report.

We have instructional videos to help you report.

Who can report using a Centrelink online account

If you are eligible, you can report your employment income, activity test or participation details online instead of returning your usual 'Application for payment' form to a Centrelink service centre.

You are eligible to report using your Centrelink account online if you are:

  • a student who who meets all of these conditions:
    • is studying full-time, and
    • is receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy, and
    • has to report employment income every fortnight, and
    • is single or partnered and your partner is either eligible to use report employment income or does not receive a Centrelink payment, or
  • an Australian Apprentice who is receiving one of the following Centrelink payments:
    • Austudy, ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance, and
    • has to report employment income every fortnight, and
    • is single or partnered and your partner is either eligible to use report employment income or does not receive a Centrelink payment, or
  • receiving one of the following Centrelink payments:
    • Newstart Allowance
    • Youth Allowance (as a job seeker)
    • Parenting Payment
    • Disability Support Pension
    • Carer Payment (you will also have to record activities completed in the fortnight, such as paid work, study, training, voluntary work and self employment)
    • Age Pension
    • Special Benefit
    • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
    • Farm Family Restart
    • Veterans' of Service Pension age
    • Wife Pension
    • Widow B Pension
    • Sickness Allowance
    • Partner Allowance
    • Widow Allowance
    • Bereavement Allowance, and
    • you are receiving a Reporting and Income Statement or Reporting Statement (Application for Payment) telling you when you need to report, and
    • are single or partnered and your partner is either eligible to report using Online Services or does not receive a Centrelink payment

If you do not meet the above conditions you will have to go to a Centrelink Customer Service Centre or call Centrelink to discuss your reporting options.