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Income Support changes affecting new aged care residents

From 1 January 2017, new aged care residents who rent out their former home will have the rental income assessed for their income support payments.

New changes make it even easier to sign in to your myGov account!

You can use your mobile phone number to sign in, unsuspend your account, and claim an email address from a locked account.

Helping people with disability achieve their goals

Saturday 3 December 2016 is International Day of People with Disability, a day to break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

Claiming ABSTUDY

Make sure you claim early so you get ABSTUDY before school starts next year.

School’s over, now what?

If your child is about to finish year 12 or equivalent, it may affect your Family Tax Benefit (FTB).

White Ribbon Day 2016

Let the world know where you stand

On 25 November 2016, show your support for ending violence against women.

Have you done the parental income test reassessment?

Your child’s youth payment will stop if you don’t update your income with us now.

Public holiday closures, reporting and payment arrangements

We will be closed over the holiday period and we want to help you plan so you still get paid.

Changes to family payments

You might be affected by recent changes.

Parental Leave Pay hasn’t changed

The government has proposed changes to Parental Leave Pay. This legislation hasn’t passed, so current rules apply.

Do you get reportable fringe benefits?

The way we assess reportable fringe benefits as part of your adjusted taxable income is changing.

The Express Plus Families mobile app is no longer available

Express Plus Families has been replaced with the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Child Care Rebate quarterly payments coming soon

If you get Child Care Rebate quarterly, your payment for July to September 2016 will be paid between 19 October and 1 November 2016.

Income Support Bonus payment is stopping

You’ll get your last instalment of Income Support Bonus in September 2016.

Man, Woman and child

Parental Leave Pay and Dad and Partner Pay now count as income

Changes apply to parents with children born or adopted on or after 1 October 2016.

Taskforce Integrity is focusing on welfare fraud

Welfare fraud costs all of us. It happens when someone is doing the wrong thing to claim a welfare payment they are not entitled to.

Pay your Centrelink debt online using Money You Owe

Take control of your repayments any time by going online.

myGov celebrates reaching 10 million!

More than 10 million active myGov accounts—it’s time to celebrate!

Lump sum claiming for 2015-16 now open

If you didn’t receive family assistance in 2015-16, now’s the time to submit a lump sum claim.

Get involved in DonateLife Week 2016

DonateLife Week, dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation in Australia, starts on Sunday 31 July 2016.

We need your bank account details to pay you your Medicare benefit!

From 1 July 2016, you need to have your bank details registered with Medicare to get your benefit. Make sure we can pay your benefit into your bank account.

Improvements to BasicsCard make money easier to access

We’ve listened to your feedback and we are making your income managed money easier to access.

2016-17 Budget measures that may affect you

The 2016-17 Budget was announced on Tuesday 3 May 2016.

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