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Changes to Express Plus Families mobile app

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

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.

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Have you noticed changes to student payments?

The way dependent Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY Living Allowance and Assistance for Isolated Children Additional Boarding Allowance payments are worked out has changed.

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Child Care Rebate quarterly payments coming soon

If you receive Child Care Rebate quarterly, your payment for the last quarter is being processed. There’s no need to call us.

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.

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myGov is now even easier to use

It’s easier than ever to sign in to myGov and new features have been added.

Getting ready for tax time

Access your Centrelink payment summary online and link your ATO account to myGov.

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.

Schoolkids Bonus payments are ending

The final instalment of Schoolkids Bonus will be paid automatically to eligible families and students from 1 to 18 July 2016.

Don’t miss out on your family assistance

Lodge your tax return or tell us if you don’t have to lodge one.

2016-17 Budget measures that may affect you

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

Do you have a partner? Has your relationship status changed?

If you don’t tell us the correct details about your relationship status, you could be committing welfare fraud.

Have you overdrawn your bank account?

We’ve partnered with the banking sector and there’s support available if you’ve overdrawn your account.

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