Income reporting

We need to know what you and your partner earn each fortnight so we can pay you the right amount.

Read the information you need to know about reporting employment and using the earnings worksheet form to find out how your income affects your payment from us.

To report your income you can:

What to report

You must report your and your partner’s income for the most recent reporting period.

If you get a payment with mutual obligation requirements, you still need to report even when your income is zero.

Income can be:

  • money you earn from a job or get from another source, for example an investment
  • money you get as a gift or allowance

Read more about how we define income.

A reporting period is 2 weeks (14 days). We tell you the dates when each reporting period starts and ends.

Income from self employment

If you’re self employed, contact us to find out how you should report this income. Income from you or your partner’s business arrangement may affect your payment.

Report the right amount

Report your and your partner’s income for the whole reporting period, including the first and last days. Report it even if your employer hasn’t paid you yet.

Don’t just copy the amount on your payslip. The dates on it may not match the dates you need to report for.

Read the information you need to know about reporting employment and using the earnings worksheet form to find out how to report the right amount.You can use our employment diary to keep track of the hours you work. Find it in your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You can use our timesheet tool found in the Express Plus Centrelink app.

Keep records

We may ask you to show proof of your income.

Report other things we need to know

When you report your income you must also tell us any changes in your circumstances.

You may also need to tell us if you have met your mutual obligation requirements for the reporting period.

Child support

Changes in circumstances can change how much Child Support you get or pay. Use your Child Support online account through myGov or call our Child Support line to tell us about changes.

Read about changes that affect your child support.

Job income – hourly rates

You need to know:

  • your standard hourly pay rate
  • other pay rates like overtime or penalty hours
  • the total hours you worked at each pay rate

Note your hours each time you work using the earnings worksheet form or your own diary.

Standard pay rate

Divide the gross pay on your payslip by the hours on your payslip. This gives you your standard hourly rate unless some hours were at another pay rate. Ask your pay office if it’s not clear.

Add up the hours you worked in the reporting period and multiply that by your standard hourly rate. This gives you your income to report unless some hours were at another pay rate.

Other pay rates

Overtime and penalty work has different hourly pay rates.

  • write down your overtime or penalty hours every time you work - don’t try to remember them at the end of the fortnight
  • find out from your pay office what your hourly overtime or penalty pay rate is
  • multiply that amount by the number of hours you worked at that rate in the reporting period - this will give you the total you earned at that rate
  • add this amount to the total you earned at your standard pay rate

Your total income from your job is:

Total gross earnings plus overtime and penalty earnings equals the income you report.

Leave payments

If you take leave from work you need to report how much of your income in the reporting period was:

  • paid leave
  • hours you worked

If you don’t have mutual obligation requirements, you have 14 days to tell us about leave earnings at a different rate from your normal wages.

You also need to tell us if your employer pays you for leave you built up but didn’t take time off for. We count this differently from other leave.

Job income – fixed unit rates

Some people get a set amount for each item of work they finish rather than an hourly rate.

If you get a fixed unit rate your total income is the fixed rate times the number of items you produced in the reporting period.

Income from more than one job

You need to report your income from each job separately.

Keep track of your income from different jobs by using a different earnings worksheet form for each employer.

Severance or redundancy

You need to tell us if you leave your job and get a severance or redundancy payment. Your payment may stop for a period of time.

Read more about the income maintenance period.

Superannuation

If you make any voluntary superannuation contributions, they count as income. We include them in your assessable income when we work out how much to pay you.

How to report

There are 4 ways you can report your income and any changes:

Employment diary

The employment diary in your Centrelink online account helps you record your income so it’s ready to report.

When you go online to report your income, you can use the details from your employment diary.

If you make a mistake

If you tell us the wrong amount, contact us as soon as possible to fix the mistake. Don’t wait till your next reporting day to tell us about it.

If you want someone to report for you

You partner, a family member, a friend or an organisation can report for you if you tell us that’s what you want. You will need to set them up as a nominee.

Read about getting someone to deal with us on your behalf.

When to report

Each time you put in a report we’ll tell you what your next reporting date is.

Report by 5 pm on your reporting date to make sure we can pay you on time.

You can’t report before your reporting date unless it’s on a public holiday. We’ll tell you if you need to report on a different day.

If you report late

If you report late, your payment could be late.

You can report online up to 13 days after your reporting date.

If you’re more than 13 days late, you need to call us or visit a service centre.

If you don’t report your income

If you have mutual obligation requirements and don’t report how much you earned, you won’t get a payment.

Debt

If you report the wrong amount of income or don’t tell us about changes of circumstances, we may pay you too much. This means you’ll have a debt to pay back.

Read about owing money.

Reminders

We can remind you not to miss your reporting date. You can get reminders:

  • sent to your myGov Inbox through your Centrelink online account
  • as an email or SMS through electronic messaging - it’s easy to register for electronic messaging and set up reminders
  • by letter through the post

You can get a reminder if you’re:

  • on a variable reporting arrangement, or
  • able to report early because of a public holiday

We don’t remind you if you miss your reporting date.

Page last updated: 16 May 2017

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