Centrelink online account help - Report employment income

Follow this guide to report your employment income and Job Plan requirements using your Centrelink online account.

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If you get Carer Payment, follow our online guide to report your paid employment income using your Centrelink online account. You can also follow our online guide to report your paid employment income using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

You must report the gross income your employer paid you, and gross income your partner’s employer paid them, in your reporting period. Your gross income is the amount your employer pays you before tax and other deductions. You can find your gross pay amount on your payslip.

If you don’t report income regularly, you need to tell us about any income you’re paid within 14 days of being paid.

If you report income regularly, you need to submit your report on or after your reporting date so we can assess you for your regular payment.

To avoid delays with your payment, you must submit your report by 5 pm local time on your reporting date. Read more about employment income reporting.

Depending on what payment you get, there may be other things you need to do to keep getting your payment. Read more about mutual obligation requirements.

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

We may pre-fill information reported by your employer through Single Touch Payroll (STP) for you to review, before continuing to complete your report. We may pre-fill some, all or none of your information, you may need to change or add details so your report is complete and correct. The information we have depends on how your employer does their payroll reporting. After you review and submit the information, it will pre-fill into your employment income report. If you’re partnered, we won’t pre-fill their information for you to review.

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

Step 1: get started

Sign in to myGov and select Centrelink.

There are 2 ways to start, using either:

Using Tasks

From the Report income task, select Start task.

Using MENU

Select MENU, followed by Income and assets, then Employment income and Report employment income.

Step 2: confirming pre-filled employment details from your employer

If employment details are available from your employer, a Before you report message will tell you there’s some pre-filled employment information to check.

If pre-filled information doesn’t appear, go to Step 3.

When your employer gives us details for the first time, we’ll show your employer’s name and Australian Business Number (ABN) or Withholding Payer Number (WPN). You must confirm if you work for them. We won’t pre-fill your employment income until your next report.

Sometimes, employers may have a different trading name to their registered business name. If you don’t recognise the employer name, we’ll show alternative business or trading names of the employer.

If you have more than one Single Touch Payroll employer, you’ll need to confirm the pre-filled information for each employer, one at a time. We won’t pre-fill your partner’s employer details. If you need help, read the information with the question mark icon on each page.

On your following reporting date, we’ll tell you we’ve pre-filled some pay details and what you may need to do. Select Check employment details.

We’ll show your employer’s name and Australian Business Number (ABN) and ask if you work for them.

Select either:

  • Yes if you work for the employer shown
  • No if you don’t work for the employer shown

Then select Next.

If you’ve previously told us about your employer, select them from the list. We can then match the employer on your record so you won’t have duplicates.

If they’re not in the list, select None of the above and enter the name you want us to record your employer as. Then select Next.

We’ll show the following pay details:

  • Pay date
  • Pay period
  • Pay types, for example, salary and wages, and paid leave
  • Gross pay, this is the amount before tax and any other deductions
  • Assessable income
  • Non-assessable income, if applicable.

Check your payslip if you’re unsure about the pre-filled details shown.

If any details are wrong or haven’t pre-filled, you’ll need to make changes. Select either:

  • Edit dates to make changes to the pay period, you won’t be able to change the pay date
  • Edit or add pay to make changes to the pre-filled income details, or to add pay for this employer.

If you make changes, we may ask you to give us proof.

If you were paid more than once by this employer in the reporting period, we’ll show the pay details one at a time for you to review.

Select Next to continue.

Select Yes or No to tell us if you need to add pay details for this employer.

If you select Yes, you’ll only be able to add pay details for the Single Touch Payroll employer you’re currently editing. You can add any pay type that hasn’t been pre-filled if you were paid within the reporting period. This includes all income, such as bonuses, commission income and termination payments you got from your Single Touch Payroll employer.

Then select Next.

We’ll show you a summary of your pre-filed employer and pay details. Review each section to check all the details are correct.

If you manually added pay details, you’ll have the option to Delete pay. You can add them again if you entered them wrong.

If you need to make changes, select either:

  • Edit employer to make changes to your employer
  • Edit details to make changes to your pay.

If you make changes, we may ask you to give us proof.

Read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select I have read and agree with the terms and conditions. Then select Submit and continue.

When you select Submit and continue, you’re only confirming the Single Touch Payroll employment details. You won’t be able to change these details after you submit them. After you submit, you must continue to complete the rest of your report.

We’ll let you know all of the following:

  • your gross pay was successfully added to your record
  • your employer’s details
  • the amount and date of your gross pay.

We won’t show any non-assessable income you told us about on this page.

Go to Step 3 to continue your report.

Step 3: report non-pre-filled employment income

You won’t be able to enter some employment income types, such as bonuses, commission income or termination payments for non-Single Touch Payroll employers. To tell us about other paid employment income, use the Manage income and assets service.

We may show some Reporting tips to help you report the right way. If you get this message, please read it, then select Got it to continue.

The Report Employment Income page will show all of the following:

  • any Single Touch Payroll income details you confirmed
  • your reporting period
  • a Gross employment income section for you and your partner
  • Hours this period section for you and your partner.

You can also select either of the following:

  • Previous reports to view and change income you reported for up to 6 of your past reporting periods. This doesn’t include Single Touch Payroll employers.
  • Upcoming reporting periods to view up to 6 of your future reporting periods.

If you need to report regularly, submit your report on the date it’s due. If you’re not reporting regularly, you can use this service any time to let us know what you’ve been paid. You need to do this within 14 days of being paid.

If you and your partner didn’t get paid any other employment income in your reporting period, select Continue, a Submit partial report message may appear. This is a prompt for you to check that everything you need to tell us is included. If you don’t need to include anything else, select Yes, submit report to continue.

If you have a Job Plan, go to Step 4 to report your requirements.

If you don’t have a Job Plan, go to Step 5 to review and submit your information, and then complete your report.

If you do have other employment income to report, select Add more pay in Gross employment income.

You need to include all of the following:

  • any gross income you were paid in the reporting period
  • any gross income your partner was paid in the reporting period
  • any gross income your employer back paid you or your partner
  • the hours both you and your partner worked, if required.

Depending on the payment you and your partner get, you may not need to report the hours worked. If you don’t need to report hours worked, the Add hours option won’t appear.

If you’re waiting for back pay, don’t report this as income until you get it.

You can select one of the following:

  • your employer from the list, then select Next to add your pay
  • Add new employer if your employer doesn’t appear on the list
  • Manage employers to remove an employer.

Add new employer

You can add a new employer for you or your partner.

Enter your employer’s ABN (Australian Business Number). You can find this on your payslip. Then select Next.

If you can’t find your employer’s ABN, select I don’t know the employer’s ABN, then Next.

Enter the employer’s name, then select Next.

In this example, the employer’s name is Digital store.

Select Continue to save your changes and proceed.

Your new employer will appear on the Add Pay page. Select Next to continue.

Add pay

If you need help, read the information with the question mark icon on each page.

In this reporting period, if you or your partner got paid more than once by the same employer, you’ll need to add each pay separately. Or, if you have more than one job, you’ll need to add the income you got from each employer separately.

Select the calendar icon and choose the date your employer paid you, as stated on your payslip. This date can be different to when you get your payment in your bank account. Or, enter it manually in the format of dd/mm/yyyy.

Enter the Gross amount paid, before tax and deductions. You can find this on your payslip. Use Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point.

Then select Next.

Select Yes or No to tell us if this pay includes any back pay.

Then select Next.

Select Yes or No to tell us if this pay period is longer than a fortnight.

Then select Next.

Select Continue to proceed.

We’ll give you a summary of the details you’ve provided.

Your total income for each employer will show in Gross employment income under My pay.

If you’ve reported your partner’s income, that will be under My partner’s pay.

On this page, you can change the details you’ve added in your reporting period. Select any of the following:

  • Edit if you need to change the non-pre-filled details you’ve given us for you and your partner
  • Delete if you need to remove the details you’ve given us for you and your partner
  • Add more pay if you have more than one job, to enter income from a different employer
  • Add more pay if you got paid more than once by the same employer.

Select Add hours if you need to tell us the hours you or your partner worked for each employer during your reporting period.

Depending on the payment type you and your partner get, you may not need to report the hours worked. If you don’t need to report hours worked, the Add hours option won’t appear and you can select Continue to proceed.

Choose your employer from the list, then select Next.

Enter the total Hours you worked during your reporting period, to the nearest hour. For example, if you worked 3.5 hours, enter 4. This can be different to the hours recorded on your payslip. Then select Next.

Select Continue to proceed.

If you or your partner worked for more than one employer, select Add more hours to enter hours for other employers.

When you’ve finished entering your or your partner’s hours worked, select Continue.

If you have a Job Plan, go to Step 4 to report your requirements.

If you don’t have a Job Plan, go to Step 5 to review and submit your information, and then complete your report.

Step 4: update Job Plan requirements

If you’re a job seeker managed by Centrelink, we’ll ask if you’ve met your Job Plan requirements for the reporting period.

Select Yes or No to tell us if you met your Job Plan requirements.

Then select Next.

If you’ve met your Job Plan requirements, select Continue. Then go to Step 5 to review and submit the details you’ve given us.

If you haven’t met your Job Plan requirements, you won’t be able to complete your report.

We’ll tell you if your update failed. If it did, you’ll need to phone us to complete your report.

Select Return home to go back to your homepage, then go to Step 6 to sign out.

Step 5: review and submit your update

Select Begin to check your updates are correct.

We’ll give you a summary of the details you’ve given us.

Review each section to check all the details are correct

If you need to make changes to any non-pre-filled employment details you gave us, select Edit. You won’t be able to change any pre-filled details you already submitted.

If the details are correct, select Next.

Read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select I have read and agree with the above conditions.

Then select Submit.

Get your receipt

We’ll give you a receipt when you submit your report. Make a note of the Receipt ID for your records.

Your receipt will include the following:

  • your next payment
  • your Working Credit, Work Bonus or Income Bank balance
  • your next reporting date
  • information you need to know based on your circumstances.

Your receipt may also show your partner’s next payment and Working Credit, Work Bonus or Income Bank balance. These details will show if they get a payment and they permit you to access their information.

Select any of the following:

  • Information you provided to view a summary of your income details
  • Return home to go back to your homepage, then go to Step 6 to sign out
  • Save your Receipt to keep a copy of your receipt
  • Print to print your receipt.

Step 6: sign out

From your homepage, you can complete other transactions or select Return to myGov to go back to your myGov account.

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

View other online account and Express Plus mobile app guides and video demonstrations about using your online account.

Page last updated: 16 October 2023.
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