Express Plus Centrelink mobile app help - Apply for an advance payment
Instructions to apply for an advance payment with your Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
The screenshots in this guide are from an iOS device. Some screens may look different if you’re using an Android device.
Read more about advance payment options including eligibility.
Step 1: get started
Select More, followed by Advances.
If you already have an advance payment, the screen will show:
- your Current Advances
- the type of advance
- the outstanding balance
- when your advance started.
If you need help, select the question mark icon.
To apply for an advance, select Apply Now.
If you aren’t eligible to apply for an advance payment, we’ll tell you why. Select Dismiss to go back to the Advance Payment screen.
If you’re eligible, you’ll see the advances you can apply for.
Select the advance you want to apply for, then select the tick icon.
Select Affordability amount.
Enter how much money you have left over every fortnight after paying all your regular expenses. Regular expenses include food, rent, travel, electricity and phone, Centrelink repayments and all ongoing expenses and payments.
Enter the amount in dollars and cents, including the decimal point.
We’ll tell you how much money you can apply for.
The amount you apply for must be within the advance amount available range. To choose your advance amount select Advance amount.
Enter the advance amount you want in dollars and cents, including the decimal point.
Depending on the type of advance, you can get your advance payment once or split into 2 payments. We call the payments your instalments.
If you want us to pay you in 1 instalment, we’ll pay you in the next 2 business days.
If you’re applying for a Family Tax Benefit advance, we can only pay this in 1 instalment.
Select either One instalment or Two instalments.
If you choose one instalment, go to step 3.
If you choose two instalments you’ll need to enter the amount of your first instalment in dollars and cents. Don’t forget to include the decimal point.
Then, select the date you want us to pay your second instalment. This date needs to be within 6 months of your first instalment.
Select the tick icon.
We’ll give you a summary of the details you’ve provided and your fortnightly repayment amount.
We take your repayment from the amount we’d normally pay you. You don’t need to do anything to set this up.
Read the details on this screen and make sure they’re correct.
If you need to make changes, select the arrow icon.
To submit your application, select the tick icon.
Read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select I accept and submit.
We’ll tell you your advance was successful.
We’ll give you a receipt to let you know your advance has been successful. Make a note of the Receipt number for your records.
You don’t need to contact us about your advance payment unless we ask you to.
Select the home icon to return to your home screen.
Step 4: sign out
For your privacy and security, sign out when you’ve finished using the app.
To sign out, select More, then Sign out.
View other online account and Express Plus mobile app guides and video demonstrations about using your online account.
Page last updated: 25 March 2020
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