Change your circumstances with Centrelink

It’s important to tell us if your circumstances change if you get a Centrelink payment, plan to claim a payment, or owe us money.

You need to tell us if any of your or your partner’s personal circumstances change. These changes could affect your payments. If you don’t tell us, we may pay you too much. This means you may get a debt and you’ll need to pay us back.

It’s important to tell us if you change your legal name. Your legal name appears on letters, concession cards and in some places on your online account.

You can also tell us the name and title you prefer to use. We’ll use your preferred name when we talk to you.

You can choose to update your gender details with us.

If you or your child’s date of birth is recorded incorrectly on your Centrelink record, please call us. We’ll try to verify the correct date of birth with you on the phone. If we can’t, you’ll need to give us original evidence from Births, Deaths and Marriages in your state or territory. We’ll tell you what evidence we need when you call us.

If you don’t get a payment from us but owe us money, you must tell us if your address changes. You need to do this within 14 days of your address changing.

There are some things you need to do to keep your information safe if you’re breaking up, leaving a relationship or living with violence or abuse.

What changes you need to tell us about

Raising kids

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Living arrangements

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If you’re in between home addresses, keep us up to date and tell us where to send your mail so you can get it.

You can tell us about a home address you are moving to in the future but we can only send your mail there from the date you’ve told us you’ll be living there. However, while you’re waiting for this to happen, it’s important you give us a secure mailing address. If you don’t, your mail will go to the last mailing address you gave us.

You can ask us to use a temporary address for your mail for a certain timeframe. If you don’t update your address after this time, we may send your mail to your previous address.

It’s important to keep your addresses up to date using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

If you are living with violence or abuse, or separating from your partner, you should review all addresses we have recorded for you. This can help to keep your information secure.

Ageing

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Work

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Education

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Health and disability

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Page last updated: 3 April 2024.
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