Centrelink online account help - Students - report employment income
If you are a student in receipt of Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY you need to report any income you receive from employment each fortnight.
Instructions on how students can report employment income with their Centrelink online account.
When you first get a payment, we’ll tell you when and how to report your income. If you have a partner you’ll also need to report their income, even if they don’t get a payment from us.
You must tell us if your or your partner’s income changes, even by a small amount. You must report any changes every fortnight.
To find out more, read about income reporting.
Step 1: get started
If you're not already in your Centrelink online account, sign into myGov and access your account.
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 Reporting page will display:
- your reporting period
- a list of recent employers for you and your partner, if this information was previously provided
If your employer is on the list, select the pencil icon across from their name and go to Step 3 to report your income.
If your employer isn’t on the list, go to Step 2 to add them.
If you want to use the Employment diary to record your income as you earn it, go to Step 4.
If your 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 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. 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. Enter your partner’s gross income in the Amount section and their work Hours, to the nearest hour, then select Done.
If you or your partner have several jobs, you must report income for each one separately.
If you are ready to submit your report, go to Step 5.
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 several employers.
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 you all the income you’ve told us about.
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.
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 section 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 the Summary to make sure the information you gave us is correct.
If the details are incorrect, select Cancel.
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 income bank 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.
Select Return to home to go back to your online account homepage.
If you told us you had zero income, Oliver, our virtual Customer Service Assistant, may appear on the receipt page. Oliver will ask questions about your current employment. Answer these questions so we can update your record.
If you want to close the Customer Service Assistant, select x.
To update your record, go to the Employment Status section on your receipt page and select:
- I have stopped work and we’ll update your record so you don’t have to report fortnightly
- I am still employed if you are still working, then go to Step 7 to sign out
If you selected I have stopped work, you will go to the Update Employment Status page.
If all of the details on this page are correct, read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select I accept the declaration, then select Submit.
We’ll give you a receipt to let you know your update has been successful. Please make a note of the Receipt ID for your records.
We’ll also confirm that you no longer need to report fortnightly. You must tell us if you start work again. You can do this with your online account.
Select Return to home to go back to your online account homepage.
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 have finished using your myGov account.
Page last updated: 5 March 2019