The way you report your employment income is changing

9 October 2020

How you report your employment income will change from 7 December 2020.

From 7 December 2020, the way you report your employment income changed.

You 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.

If you got a reporting statement before 7 December 2020, it will show how you previously reported. Any reporting statement sent on or after 7 December 2020 will show you the new way to report.

This change will affect you if you or your partner get employment income and any of the following payments:

There are no changes to any of the following:

  • reporting how many hours you worked in your reporting period
  • family income estimates for Family Tax Benefit
  • employment allowances, like travel and meals.

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
  • you're reporting paid employment income on your reporting day after 7 December 2020.

The easiest way to report this is using your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. We’ll ask you some extra questions to help you do this one-off report.

Use the online calculator to help you with this.

How can I report my income?

It’s easy to tell us about the income your employer paid you by using either your:

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:

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 when you report 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.

What if I’ve been paid but I don’t get my payslip until after my reporting day?

If your payslip isn’t available until after your normal reporting day, we may be able to adjust your reporting date. We can adjust your reporting date so it better aligns with when you get your payslip. To do this, you can contact us on your regular payment line to discuss your situation.

How do I get more information?

Read more about income reporting if you're unsure how to report your employment income.

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Page last updated: 21 December 2020