Centrelink online account help - Report employment income - Carers

If you get Carer Payment, use this guide to report your paid employment activity income using your Centrelink online account.

 

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

If you get Carer Payment, you may need to report your or your partner’s employment income each fortnight.

Read more about income reporting.

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

Step 1: get started

Sign in to myGov and select Centrelink.

There are 2 ways to start, using either:

Outstanding tasks

Select Start task from the Report income task.

MENU

Select MENU, followed by Income and Assets, then Employment Income and Report.

The Report page will display:

  • your reporting period
  • a list of recent Paid Employment activities, if you’ve given us this information.

If you need help, select Help.

If your Paid Employment activity isn’t on the list, you need to go to Step 2 and add it.

If it’s on the list, you have 2 options to report your income. You can either:

  • report your or your partner’s income at the end of your reporting period
  • use the Employment Diary to record your income as you earn it.

To report your or your partner’s income at the end of your reporting period, go to Step 3.

To use the Employment Diary to record your income as you earn it, go to Step 4.

You can’t use the Employment Diary to report your partner’s income.

Step 2: add new paid employment activity

To add an activity, select Add new activity.

Select Paid Employment from the Activity type dropdown menu.

To add an employer, enter either the:

  • 11 digit ABN (Australian Business Number), then select Find
  • Employer name

Enter the employment Start date, then select Add.

The new Paid Employment activity will appear on the Report page.

Go to either:

  • Step 3 to report your or your partner’s income from that employer
  • Step 4 to use the Employment Diary to record your income as you earn it.

Step 3: report employment income

Select the pencil icon next to the employer you’re reporting income from.

If you have a partner and they earned income in the reporting period, you need to tell us.

Enter the Gross amount earned from your employer, before tax, for the reporting period. The Gross amount needs to be in Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point. Remember to include any overtime or penalty rates.

Enter the Time and Travel taken to do this paid employment in Hours and Minutes.

Enter this information for Week one and Week two, then select Save.

If you or your partner have more than 1 job, report the income for each employer you work for.

Go to Step 5 to review and submit the information you’ve given us.

Step 4: update employment diary

The Employment Diary lets you record income as you earn it. You can’t use it to record your partner’s income.

Select Employment Diary to open your Employment Diary.

On the Employment Diary page, enter your income. If your employer isn’t on the list, select Add new activity.

To add an employer, enter either their:

  • 11 digit ABN (Australian Business Number) and select Find
  • Employer name

Enter the employment Start date, then select Add.

Select the date you worked and enter all of the following:

  • Gross hourly rate in Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point
  • Time worked in hours and minutes
  • Travel time in hours and minutes.

The Gross hourly rate is your hourly income amount before tax.

To add details for another day, select a new date. Then enter the Gross hourly rate, Time worked and Travel time for that day.

If you earned income from another paid employment activity, enter the details.

When you’re finished, select Save.

The Employment Diary page will look like this if you have 1 employer.

The Employment Diary page will look like this if you have more than 1 employer.

On your reporting date, select Import to report to submit the details you’ve told us for the reporting period.

The Summary list of the earned income shows both the:

  • income you’ve reported for the reporting period
  • time worked to the nearest hour.

If the details are correct, select the checkbox next to your employer’s name. Then select Confirm import.

If you need to change anything:

  • select the relevant date in the calendar
  • enter the correct income details
  • select Import to report.

To confirm your changes, select the checkbox next to your employer’s name, then select Confirm import.

Step 5: review and submit

On the Report page, you’ll see a Summary of the information you’ve given us.

Your total income will be in the My carer activities section.

Check the Summary to make sure the information you gave us is correct.

To change the details you’ve given us, select the relevant pencil icon.

To delete the details you’ve given us, select the relevant bin icon.

If you need to add another activity, go to Step 2.

If the details are correct, select Submit.

25 hour rule

If your reported activities are no more than 25 hours for either week, go to Get your receipt.

If your reported activities were more than the allowable 25 hours for either week, the Respite hours page will display.

Select:

  • Ongoing absence if your reported activities are more than 25 hours per week, or will continue for more than 63 days
  • Temporary absence if your reported activities are more than 25 hours per week, but less than 63 days.

For temporary absences, you may be entitled to Breaks from caring.

Select Done to continue.

A Report Summary will appear. Check this to make sure the information you gave us is correct.

If the details are wrong, select Cancel to make changes.

If the details are correct, read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select Accept Declaration and Submit.

We’ll tell you if your report can’t be finalised. If it isn’t, you’ll need to contact us to complete your report.

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

Get your receipt

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

Your receipt will include:

  • your next payment
  • your working credit balance
  • your next reporting date
  • documents you need to give us.

Select Information you have provided to view a summary of your income details.

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

Step 6: sign out

From your homepage, you can complete other transactions or select the myGov icon to return to myGov.

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

Page last updated: 28 January 2020