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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.
From 20 March 2017 Energy Supplement is changing
This change will only affect some customers.
Do you get Child Care Rebate quarterly?
Your payment for October to December 2016 will be paid between 18 January and 31 January 2017.
Incentive for seasonal work
From 1 July 2017 job seekers can earn up to $5,000 from horticultural seasonal work before their payment is affected.
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.
Do you owe us money?
If you do, we can ask you to pay off your Centrelink debts at any time.
Families, tell us your questions
We are developing a new tool to help you find information about payments and services for families on our website.
Changes to family payments
You might be affected by recent and upcoming changes to family payments.
Do you get reportable fringe benefits?
Don’t leave it to the last minute! You might need to update your income estimate.
Schoolkids Bonus payments have ended
We paid the last Schoolkids Bonus payment in July 2016. No further Schoolkids Bonus payments will be made.
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.
Claim ABSTUDY early
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).
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.
Parental Leave Pay hasn’t changed
The government has proposed changes to Parental Leave Pay. This legislation hasn’t passed, so current rules apply.
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.
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.
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.
2016-17 Budget measures that may affect you
The 2016-17 Budget was announced on Tuesday 3 May 2016.
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