If you get an eligible Centrelink payment you can use Centrepay for goods and services from businesses that offer Centrepay.
Accommodation - includes rent and bond
Accommodation related costs you can’t use Centrepay for
You can’t use Centrepay for government housing payments to state or territory housing authorities. You should contact your local housing authority to find another payment method. This could be using our Rent Deduction Scheme.
Accommodation related costs you can use Centrepay for
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following accommodation related costs.
|Accommodation type||If you pay for:|
|Boarding house accommodation||
|Caravan park fees||rental or site costs in a caravan park|
|General Community Housing||accommodation provided by community organisations|
|Indigenous Community Housing||accommodation provided by Indigenous community organisations|
|Short term accommodation||
short term accommodation not specifically for Indigenous Australians, including:
|Indigenous short term accommodation||
short term accommodation for Indigenous Australians, including:
|Private landlords||rent charged by landlords for private accommodation|
|Real estate agents||rent paid to an appointed real estate agent|
|Property management||rent paid to an appointed property manager|
fees and charges for:
Education and employment
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following education and employment related costs.
|Education and employment type||If you pay for:|
|Child care services||
child care services by registered carers and child care providers approved by the Department of Social Services (DSS) including:
fees and charges for education services to any registered educational provider, and any related educational expenses including:
employment related expenses, including:
Health and social and recreational
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following health related costs.
|Health type||If you pay for:|
funeral related expenses, including:
use of an ambulance or other services such as paying for services provided by:
|Medical services and equipment||
medical services such as:
|Disability and community services||
use of a suite of goods or services related to disability and community services, which may include:
Social and recreational
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following social and recreational related costs.
|Social and recreational type||If you pay for:|
|Social and recreational||
fees or donations including:
Finance and legal and professional services
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following finance related costs.
|Finance type||If you pay for:|
|Community group loans||
the repayment of loans to approved community organisations for assistance with:
Includes Family Income Management Scheme no interest loans.
|No interest loans||Department of Social Services (DSS) approved No Interest Loans|
|General community housing loans||low interest housing loans provided by approved community organisations|
|Indigenous community housing loans||low interest housing loans provided by approved Indigenous community organisations|
|Special interest loans||
appropriate loans from businesses approved to use Centrepay
insurance for your:
This doesn’t include:
deposits paid to microfinance savings plans provided by a partnership between not for profit organisations and financial institutions, to promote customer savings
The financial institution must be regulated and authorised under the Banking Act 1959 and hold an Australian Financial Services Licence. This only includes:
Legal and professional services
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following legal and professional services related costs.
|Legal and professional type||If you pay for:|
court-imposed fines and expiration notices including paying compensation to victims of crime.
You must contact the relevant Court Administrative Office in your state or territory to use Centrepay for these.
infringements, such as speeding or parking finesYou must contact the relevant Court Administrative Office in your state or territory to use Centrepay for these.
professional services and related expenses including:
Travel and transport
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following travel and transport related costs.
|Travel and transport type||If you pay for:|
|Motor vehicle registration||
vehicle registration including:
|Travel and transport||
travel and transport costs and expenses including:
This doesn’t include:
Utilities and household related costs
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following utilities related costs.
|Utilities type||If you pay for:|
council services including
|Local council community services||community service costs provided by local council or shires|
|Electricity||use of electricity|
|Gas||use of mains or bottled gas|
telecommunication services including:
connection and provision of water servicesDoes not include bottled water.
You can set up a Centrepay deduction for the following household related costs.
|Household type||If you pay for:|
|Basic household items||
the purchase of basic items for use by household members, such as:
|Household goods lease and rental||
Rental of household goods including whitegoods, electrical and furniture. But only through leases regulated under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 and where the lessor holds an Australian Credit Licence.
food and personal item related costs, including:
This doesn’t include:
|Home care and trade services||
home care services including:
|School nutrition||community and school based nutritional programs for students|
Find a business
You can use the find a business tool to check if we have approved the business you want goods and service from for Centrepay. If they are, you can set up a Centrepay deduction.