Centrelink online account help - Students - report employment income

If you get Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY, use this guide to report your 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 Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY, you need to report any income you get from employment each fortnight.

When you first get a payment, we’ll tell you when and how to report your income. If you have a partner you’ll also need to report their income. Even if they don’t get a payment from us.

You must tell us if your or your partner’s income changes, even by a small amount. You must report any changes every fortnight.

Read more about income reporting.

If you’re not a student, learn how to report employment income and Job Plan requirements.

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, select either:

Outstanding tasks

Select Start task from the Report income task.

MENU

Select MENU from your homepage, followed by Income and Assets, and Employment Income and Report.

The Report page will display:

  • your reporting period
  • a list of recent employers for you and your partner, if you’ve given us this information.

Select Next Period to view up to 12 weeks of your future reporting periods.

If you need help, select Help.

If your employer isn’t on the list, go to Step 2 to add them.

If your employer is on the list, you have 2 options to report income. You can either:

  • report your or your partner’s income at the end of your reporting period
  • use the Employment Diary to report 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.

Keep in mind, you can’t use the Employment Diary to report your partner’s income.

Step 2: add new employer

To add an employer, select Add new employer. You can add a new employer for you or your partner.

To search for an employer, enter either their:

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

The new employer 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. You can also do this to report income for your partner.

If your partner earned any income in the reporting period, you need to tell us.

Enter the Gross amount earned from your employer, before tax, for the reporting period in either the:

  • My earned income to report your income
  • Partner earned income to report you partner’s income.

Enter the Gross amount in Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point. Remember to include any overtime or penalty rates.

Enter the work Hours to the nearest hour, then select Save. For example, if you worked 1.5 hours you would enter 2.

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 your 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 employer.

To search for an employer, enter either their:

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

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Select the date you worked and enter both the:

  • Gross hourly rate in Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point
  • Time worked 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 and Time worked for that day.

If you earned income from another employer, enter the details.

When you’re finished, select Save.

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

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

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

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The Summary list of the earned income shows both the:

  • income you’ve reported over 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.

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If you need to change anything:

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

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

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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 earned income section.

If you’ve reported your partner’s income, their total will be in the Partner earned income section.

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

To change the details you’ve given us for you and your partner, select the relevant pencil icon.

To delete the details you’ve given us for you or your partner, select the relevant bin icon.

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

If the details are correct, select Submit.

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.

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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 income bank balance
  • your next reporting date
  • documents you need to give us.

Your receipt may also show your partner’s next payment. You may see these details if they get a payment and they permit you to see their information.

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.

Reporting zero income

If you told us you had zero income, Oliver, our virtual Customer Service Assistant, may appear on your receipt page. Oliver will ask questions about your current employment. Answer these questions so we can update your record.

Select either:

  • OK. Got it. to answer more questions about stopping work for your employer
  • X to close the Customer Service Assistant, then go to Step 6 to sign out.

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To update your record, select:

  • Yes, I am no longer working for my employer and we’ll update your record so you don’t have to report fortnightly
  • No, I am still employed if you are still working, then go to Step 6 to sign out.

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If you selected Yes, I am no longer working for my employer, you’ll go to the Update Employment Status page.

If the details are correct, read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select I accept the declaration, then select Submit.

If you need help, select Help.

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

We’ll also confirm that you no longer need to report fortnightly. You must tell us if you start work again. You can do this with your online account.

Select Return to home to go back to your homepage.

Step 6: sign out

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

step 6 illustration

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

View other online account and Express Plus mobile app guides and video demonstrations about using your online account.

Page last updated: 28 January 2020