Instructions on how job seekers can report employment income and Job Plan requirements with their Centrelink online account.
Some steps in this guide may not apply to you. You may have to report differently based on your personal circumstances. Read more about Job Plans and other Mutual obligation requirements.
If you’re a student, learn how to Report employment income as a student.
You need to report on or after your reporting date, you can’t report early. To avoid delays with your payment, you must report by 5 pm local time on your reporting date.
Watch our video about how to report employment income as a Job seeker.
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From your homepage, select Report from the Report your employment income reminder. You can also select Start task from the Report your employment income task.
Or, select the menu icon, followed by Report Employment Income and Report.
The Report page will display:
- your reporting period
- a list of recent employers for you and your partner, if you’ve given us this information
If your employer isn’t on the list, go to Step 2 to add them.
If they are on the list, select the pencil icon across from their name and go to Step 3 to report your income.
If you want to use the Employment diary to record your income as you earn it, go to Step 4.
If you or your partner’s employer isn’t on the list, select Add new employer. You can add a new employer for you or your partner.
To add an employer:
- enter their 11 digit ABN (Australian Business Number) and select Find, or
- enter their Employer name and select Add
You only need to add an employer’s details the first time you report your income from them.
Enter the Amount of income you earned for the reporting period shown at the top of the page.
The Amount is the gross income amount your employer paid you, before tax, for the reporting period. Enter the amount in dollars and cents with the decimal point. Remember to include overtime or penalty rates.
You also need to tell us how many Hours you worked during the reporting period. Enter your work hours, to the nearest hour, then select Done.
If your partner earned any income in the reporting period, you also need to tell us. In the Amount section, enter your partner’s gross income in dollars and cents with the decimal point. Then enter their work Hours to the nearest hour. Select Done.
If you or your partner have several jobs, you must report income for each employer separately.
Once you finish entering all income details, go to Step 5 to report your Job Plan requirements.
If you don’t have Job Plan requirements, you get Age Pension or you’re a student, go to Step 6 to review, submit and get your receipt.
The Employment diary can help you record your income as you earn it. You need to make sure your employer(s) are on the list. You can’t use the Employment diary to record your partner’s income.
Select the calendar icon to open the Employment diary.
On the Employment diary page, enter your income for your employer(s). Select the date you worked and enter the:
- Hourly rate, in dollars and cents with the decimal point
- Time worked, in hours and minutes
The Hourly rate is the gross income amount before your employer takes tax out.
To add details for another day, just select a new date and enter the Hourly rate and the Time worked for that day. Once you finish entering these details, select Done.
The Employment diary page will look like this if you have 1 employer.
The Employment diary page will look like this if you have more than 1 employer.
On your reporting date, select the calendar icon to see the income you have on record for the reporting period. Select Import to report.
The Summary list of the earned income will show all the income you’ve told us about. We’ll round your Time worked to the nearest hour.
If the income amount is correct, select the checkbox next to your employer’s name, then select Confirm.
If you need to change anything:
- select the date
- enter the correct information
- select Import to report
To confirm your changes, select the checkbox next to your employer’s name, then select Confirm.
On the Report page, you need to tell us if you’ve met the requirements in your Job Plan for the reporting period.
To read information about Job Plans, select Job Plan.
If you’ve met the requirements in your Job Plan, select Yes, then go to Step 6 to review, submit and get your receipt.
If you haven’t met the requirements in your Job Plan, select No, then select Submit.
At this stage, we’ll tell you your record is not updated and you need to contact us to complete your report.
Select Return to home to go back to your online account homepage, then go to Step 7 to sign out.
A summary of the information you gave us will display on the Report page. Your total income will be in the My earned income section.
If you’ve reported your partner’s income, their total will be in the Partner earned income section.
Check the Summary to make sure the information you gave us is correct.
If the details are incorrect, update the information by selecting the pencil icon.
If you need to add another employer, go to Step 2.
If you need to start again, select the bin icon and go to Step 3.
If the details are correct, select Submit.
A Summary will appear. Check this to make sure the information you gave us is correct.
If the details are incorrect, select Cancel to make changes.
If the details are correct, read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select Accept Declaration and Submit.
We’ll give you a receipt to let you know your report has been successful. Please make a note of the Receipt ID for your records.
Your receipt will include:
- your next payment
- your working credit balance
- your next reporting date
- your partner’s next payment, if they get a payment from us and have given you permission to see this information
- documents you need to give us
Select Information you have provided to view a summary of your income details.
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