Changes to the way you report your employment income
23 July 2020
Under the changes, we’ll assess the gross income paid to you in your reporting period
From 7 December 2020, the way you report your employment income is changing. You will need to report the gross income your employer paid you and your partner 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.
This change will affect you if you or your partner get employment income and any of the following payments:
- Age Pension
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Farm Household Allowance
- JobSeeker Payment
- Partner Allowance
- Parenting Payment single and partnered
- Special Benefit
- Status Resolution Support Services
- Widow Allowance
- Youth Allowance.
What happens if my reporting date falls between 7 and 18 December 2020?
If your reporting date falls between 7 and 18 December 2020, you may need to make a one-off calculation. You’ll have to do this if both the following apply:
- you reported earned employment income for a period before 7 December 2020
- your employer paid you the income after 7 December 2020.
We’ll also have an online calculator available from 7 December 2020 to help you with this.
How can I report my income?
If you don’t have a myGov account, create an account and link it to Centrelink services.
If you can’t report your income online, you can either:
- phone self service on 133 276 (13 EARN)
- visit a service centre.
What if I get back pay?
If you get back pay, we’ve changed how this will impact your payments from 7 December 2020. We’ll assess it in your future payments for the same amount of time as the back pay was for. This is instead of applying it in the past when you earned it.
From 7 December 2020, you can tell us about these types of payments online.
What if my employer hasn’t paid me?
If your employer hasn’t yet paid you in your reporting period, you don’t need to report this. This means we’ll adjust your payment based on the amount paid during your reporting period.
However, at times, your employer may pay you late for reasons outside your control. For example, if there’s an issue with your bank. If this happens, you’ll need to report the amount you expected your employer to pay you during your reporting period.
What if my employer doesn’t give me a payslip?
If you don’t get payslips, you should ask your employer to provide them or tell you the gross income. It’s a requirement that all employers should provide a payslip to their employees. Read more about payslips on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
How do I get more information?
Read more about income reporting if you're unsure how to report your employment income.
If you get an income support payment from us, we’ll assess your income and assets differently after 25 September 2020.
When you go into your online account to report your employment income you may see all your employers’ details pre-filled.
Page last updated: 25 August 2020
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