Centrelink online account help - job seekers - report employment income

As a job seeker, use this guide to help you report your income and Job Plan requirements using your Centrelink online account.

 

The screenshots in this guide are from a computer. The screen layout will look different if you are using a mobile device.

There are things you must do to keep getting your payment and increase your chance of finding work. Read more about mutual obligation requirements.

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.

Remember, some steps in this guide may not apply to you. You may have to report in a different way based on your personal circumstances.

Step 1: get started

Sign into myGov and select Centrelink.

Select MENU from your homepage.

Or, select Start task from the Report income task.

Select Income and Assets, then select Employment income and Report.

The Report page will display:

  • your reporting period
  • a list of recent employers for you and your partner, if you have given us this information.
If you need help, select the question mark icon.

If your employer is not on the list, go to Step 2 to add them.

If they are on the list, select the pencil icon next to their name. Then go to Step 3 to report your or your partner's income.

If you want to use the Employment diary to record your income as you earn it, go to Step 4.

Step 2: add new employer

To add an employer, select Add new employer. You can add a new employer for you or your partner.

To add an employer, either:

  • enter their 11 digit ABN (Australian Business Number) and select Find
  • enter their Employer name and select Add.

You need to add your employer’s details the first time you report your income from them.

Step 3: report employment income

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.

In the My earned income section, enter the amount in Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point. Remember to include any 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. For example, if you worked 3.1 hours you would enter 3.

If your partner earned any income in the reporting period, you need to tell us.

Under Partner earned income, enter your partner’s gross income amount in dollars and cents, including the decimal point. Remember to include any overtime or penalty rates.

Enter their work hours to the nearest hour, then select Done.

If you or your partner have more than 1 job you need to report income for each employer.

When you’ve finished, select Submit. Go to Step 5 to report your requirements if you have a Job Plan.

Go to Step 6 to review and submit the information you’ve given us, if either:

  • you get Age Pension
  • you’re a student and don’t have a Job Plan.

Step 4: updating employment diary

The Employment diary can help you record your income as you earn it. Make sure all your employers are on the list. You can’t use your Employment diary to record your partner’s income.

Select the calendar icon to open your Employment diary.

On the Employment diary page, enter your income. Select the date you worked and enter both the:

  • Hourly rate, in Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point
  • Time worked, in hours and minutes.

The Hourly rate is your gross income amount before tax.

To add details for another day, select a new date. Then enter the Hourly rate and Time worked for that day. When you’re finished, 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've told us for the reporting period.

Select Import to report.

The Summary list of the earned income shows all the income information you’ve given us.

We’ll change 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 relevant date in the calendar
  • enter the correct information
  • select Import to report. 

To confirm your changes, select the checkbox next to your employer’s name, then select Confirm.

Step 5: Job Plan requirements

On the Report page, you need to tell us if you’ve met your Job Plan requirements for your reporting period.

To read information about Job Plans, select Job Plan.

If you’ve met your Job Plan requirements select Yes, then select Step 6 to review and submit the information you’ve given us.

If you haven’t met your Job Plan requirements select No, then select Submit.

We’ll tell you if your record has not been updated. You’ll need to contact us to report.

Select Return to home to go back to your online account homepage, then go to Step 7 to sign out.

Step 6: review and submit

On the Report page, you will see a Summary of the information you have given us.

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.

To change the details you’ve given us for you or your partner, select the relevant pencil icon.

If you need to add another employer, go to Step 2.

If the details are incorrect, delete your or your partner’s income by selecting the bin icon. You can then add the details again. Then go to Step 3 to report your income.

If the details are correct, select Submit.

Another 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 when you submit your report. Please write down the Receipt ID for your records.

Your receipt will include:

  • your next payment
  • your working credit balance
  • your next reporting date
  • documents you need to give us.

Your receipt may also show your partner’s next payment. You may see these details if they get a payment and you have permission to see their information.

Select Information you have provided to view a summary of your income details.

Select Return to home to go back to your homepage.

Step 7: sign out

From your homepage you can complete other transactions or select the myGov icon to return to myGov.

For your privacy and security, sign out when you’ve finished using your myGov account.

Page last updated: 9 April 2019

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