You can claim Sickness Allowance if you can’t work or study for a short time.
Before you start
- check if you’re eligible for Sickness Allowance
- set up a Centrelink online account so you can claim online – if you already have an account and it’s still active you won’t need to start a new one
- gather the information you need for your claim, including:
- your tax file number
- your bank account details, and
- your and your partner’s income and asset details, and
- a Centrelink medical certificate from your doctor
Start your claim
It’s best to start your claim online. Claiming online is secure, quick and easy.
You can save your online application to finish and submit within 14 days. If you take longer than 14 days, you may have to start the claim again.
Start your claim online
To make a claim online you need a Centrelink online account linked to myGov.
I have a myGov account linked to Centrelink
Sign in to myGov to start your claim.
I have a myGov account, but it’s not linked to Centrelink
Sign in to myGov and select Services. For help, read our online guides to link Centrelink to your myGov account.
I don’t have a Centrelink online account or a myGov account
If you’ve received a payment or service from us, you can use your Customer Reference Number (CRN) to get an online account. Find your CRN on a letter we’ve sent you or your Health Care Card, if you have one. Then, go to my.gov.au to create a myGov account and use your CRN to link Centrelink.
You can then create a myGov account and link Centrelink.
If you can’t claim online
- call the people with disability line
- visit a service centre, or
- complete a Claim for Sickness Allowance form
Submit your claim
You need to give us any supporting documents we ask for, including a Centrelink medical certificate from your doctor.
You can do this:
- online once you’ve set up a Centrelink online account
- at a service centre
- by post to the address on the form
You may need to provide:
If we ask you to confirm your identity, you’ll need to do this at a service centre within 14 days. We may reject your claim if you don’t.
Wait for the result
We’ll tell you:
- if we grant or reject your claim
- when we’ll start paying you, and
- how much you’ll get
You have the right to appeal our decision. Read about reviews and appeals.