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Do you know about changes to lifetime income streams?

New means test rules for lifetime income streams came into effect on 1 July 2019.

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Changes to the deeming rates

The deeming rates we use to assess your income are being lowered.

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Share house rules

From money to the menu, here are 5 simple rules to help you achieve share house bliss.

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Watch out for scams during tax time

Tax time is here and we’re already seeing scams targeting myGov users.

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How to prevent a debt if you get CAPS

If you get a Continence Aids Payment Scheme (CAPS) payment, make sure you tell us about changes to your circumstances.

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Celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2019

NAIDOC Week runs from 7 to 14 July.

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What families need to do at tax time

Most families will need to do something before we can start balancing their Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Subsidy.

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Your 2018-19 Centrelink payment summary is now available

You can use our online services to get a copy of your payment summary. If you use ATO’s myTax, it’s prefilled for you.

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The Pension Loans Scheme has changed

As of 1 July 2019 more older Australians can now access the Pension Loans Scheme.

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Four steps to balancing family assistance payments

Follow these four steps so we can balance your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) and Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

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It’s tax time! Find out what you need to know about child support.

Go online to get your child support information to complete your tax return.

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Take the right steps to apply for Medicare Entitlement Statements

Here’s what you need to do to claim the Medicare levy exemption.

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New livestock income rule helps farmers

A change to Farm Household Allowance (FHA) helps farmers forced to dispose of their livestock.

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Get your flu vaccine now

Getting a flu vaccine every year is your best shot at stopping the flu.

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Keeping track of your Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

Find out what to do if your child care fees change, you get a lump sum payment or you’ve been paid too much.

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Are you turning 18, 22 or 25?

Some say age only matters if you’re cheese. But it also matters for some student payments. Let’s find out how.

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Carer Allowance income reviews are due by 30 June 2019

Some carers may need to do an income review. Check if you need to and if you do, complete it now.

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Are you moving away to study? Check if you can get Fares Allowance

Fares Allowance helps you with travel costs if you study away from home.

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Keep track of your medicine costs for the PBS Safety Net

Do you spend a lot on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines? Keep track of how much you spend with our new form.

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Has your child had a health check?

If they don’t have one before they turn 5, your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A rate will reduce.

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We’ve improved our website design

To help give you a better website experience we’ve refreshed our design.

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Does your child meet immunisation requirements?

If they don’t meet immunisation requirements and you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB), your FTB Part A rate may reduce.

Are you under 18 and getting ABSTUDY Fares Allowance?

From 1 July 2019, you must have a Safe Travel Plan for pre-booked travel. Here’s how to set one up.

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We’ll start balancing your family assistance payments from July

After the end of the financial year we balance Family Tax Benefit (FTB) and Child Care Subsidy (CCS) payments.

Claim a student payment now and stay ahead of the game

If you’re studying or training in the second half of the year, you can claim Youth Allowance or Austudy now.

Wellness while you study

It’s important to look after your mental health while you’re studying. There are some great resources you can tap into.

Save time by claiming Pensioner Education Supplement online

There are now more ways you can apply for Pensioner Education Supplement.

What you need to know if you’re on DSP and get compensation

If you get a compensation payment, it may affect how much Disability Support Pension (DSP) you can get.

Do you owe Centrelink money?

From 10 June 2019, if you owe us money we can recover it from your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) payments.

Do you know how long you can keep getting your student payment?

Your Youth Allowance or Austudy payment has a time limit. We call this allowable time. Here’s what you need to know.

Sharing too much online puts your privacy at risk

Privacy Awareness Week is a good time to check you’re protecting your personal information online.

Energy Assistance Payments will be paid in June 2019

If you were getting an eligible payment on 2 April 2019, we’ll pay you an Energy Assistance Payment by 30 June 2019.

It’s time to get prepared for the new financial year

If you get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) or Child Care Subsidy, we need your family income estimate for the new financial year.

Changes to the Pension Loans Scheme from 1 July 2019

Changes to the Pension Loans Scheme will impact new and existing participants. More people will be able to access it.

Changes to the Work Bonus from 1 July 2019

The Work Bonus is increasing. We’ll also apply it to self-employment income from active participation.

Have you moved so you can study?

If you get a student payment from us, you might also get extra help for accommodation and living costs.

Earning more in semester break? Make sure you report your extra income

You can report your income online or through the Express Plus Centrelink app.

Plan for your future during Youth Week 2019

Not sure what to do next? Explore your education, training and career options in Youth Week.

Are you younger than 35, getting DSP and able to work?

You may have to do activities to help you find and keep work.

Medicare gets a refresh

We’ve improved our site to make it better for you. Let us know what you think.

30 June 2019 is fast approaching, act now so you don’t miss out on payments

You may need to confirm your family’s income or submit a lump sum claim for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for 2017-18.

Do you need to update your family income estimate for CCS?

For some families, even a small change in your family’s income may change how much Child Care Subsidy (CCS) we pay.

Changes to the Community Development Program (CDP) have started

If you take part in the CDP, these changes may affect you.

Claim Pensioner Education Supplement before your course starts

You can submit your claim up to 13 weeks before starting your course. We’ll pay you from the first day you’re eligible.

Are there changes to any of your study details?

You need to tell us now because it could affect your payment.

Spend some time managing your money

The costs of studying can add up. Check what money you might get and create a budget to better manage it.

Don’t fall for a scam

Know how to pick fake emails, fake text messages and fake websites.

School’s back! Are your child’s education details correct?

If you’re getting Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for a child 16-19, you might need to update your child’s education details.

Is your family’s income estimate close to $186,958?

If you get Child Care Subsidy and your income is close to this amount, an annual cap could affect you.

Upgrades to our Medicare systems and what it means for you

In March there will be times when some Medicare services won’t be available online.

An extra payment for farmers

Households getting Farm Household Allowance (FHA) will soon get a second FHA supplement lump sum payment.

Seven reasons to update your income estimate for Child Care Subsidy

Updating your income can help you avoid an overpayment. Especially if any of these reasons apply to your family.

If you’re moving away to study, you may get Fares Allowance

Fares Allowance is a payment that can help with the costs of travel if you study away from your home.

Have you applied for a Student Start-up Loan?

You’ll get the payment soon, so keep an eye on your bank account.

Be sure to check out our social media accounts

We have Facebook and Twitter accounts and a YouTube channel. Use them to stay up to date, anywhere, anytime.

Top 3 changes that affect your Child Care Subsidy

If your family’s circumstances change and you get Child Care Subsidy, let us know. Otherwise, we may overpay you.

Stay safe from being hacked. Use strong passwords

It’s not too late to start making strong passwords a good habit.

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