Centrelink online account help - Students - report employment income

As a student, follow this guide to report your income using your Centrelink online account.

From 7 December 2020, the way you report is changing. Read about the changes to the way you report your employment income.

 

You now 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.

You need to submit your report on or after your reporting date.

Although you can’t submit your report early, you can add and save your and your partner’s paid income. You can do this during your reporting period.

To avoid delays with your payment, you must submit your report by 5 pm local time on your reporting date. Read more about income reporting.

If you’re a job seeker, read more about mutual obligation requirements.

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

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

Step 1: get started

Sign in to myGov and select Centrelink.

There are 2 ways to start, using either:

Using Outstanding tasks

From the Report income task, select Start task.

Using MENU

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

If your employer reports through Single Touch Payroll, we’ll pre-fill their name and Australian Business Number (ABN). You can confirm if you work for them. We won’t ask about your partner’s employer.

Sometimes, employers may have a different trading name to their registered business name. If you don’t recognise the employer name, we’ll show alternate business or trading names of the employer.

If you need help, read the information with the question mark icon on each page.

Select:

  • Yes if you work for the employer shown and we’ll add them to your record
  • No if you don’t work for the employer shown and we won’t add them to your record.

Select Next to continue.

If you’ve already told us about your employer, select them from the list. We can then match the right records and you won’t have duplicates.

If they’re not in the list, select None of the above.

Select Next to continue.

If you selected None of the above, type in your employer’s name. When you start typing, you’ll be able to choose your employer from the dropdown list.

Select Next to continue.

Select Continue to save your changes and proceed.

The Report Employment Income page will show:

  • your reporting period
  • a Gross employment income section for you and your partner
  • Hours this period section for you and your partner.

Select:

  • Previous reports to view and change income you reported for up to 6 of your past reporting periods.
  • Upcoming reporting periods to view up to 6 of your future reporting periods.

If you don’t have any paid income to report, select Continue.

Select Yes, submit report and go to Step 4.

You have 2 options to report your or your partner’s paid income. You can either:

  • submit your report on the date it’s due
  • add, edit and save income during your reporting period and submit your report on the date it’s due.

The Employment diary is no longer available.

If you previously used the Employment diary to record your income as you earned it, you can still:

  • add and save paid income during your reporting period
  • come back on your reporting day and submit your report using the paid income you’ve already saved.

Select Add pay in Gross employment income.

You need to include:

  • any income you were paid in the reporting period, including JobKeeper Payment
  • any income your partner was paid in the reporting period, including JobKeeper Payment
  • any income your employer back paid you or your partner
  • the hours both you and your partner worked.

If you’re waiting for back pay, don’t report this as income until you get it.

Choose your employer from the list, then select Next and go to Step 3.

If your employer doesn’t appear on the list, select Add new employer and go to Step 2.

Select Manage employers to remove an employer or change a JobKeeper employer.

Step 2: add new employer

You can add a new employer for you or your partner.

Enter your employer’s ABN (Australian Business Number). You can find this on your payslip.

If you can’t find your employer’s ABN, select I don’t know the employer’s ABN, then Next.

Enter the employer’s name, then select Next.

In this example, the employer’s name is Online Shop.

Select Yes or No to tell us if you get JobKeeper Payment from this employer.

Then select Next.

Select Continue to save your changes and proceed.

Your new employer will appear on the Add Pay page. Select Next to continue.

Step 3: report employment income

If you need help, read the information with the question mark icon on each page.

In this reporting period, if you or your partner:

  • got paid more than once by the same employer, you’ll need to add each pay separately
  • have more than one job, you’ll need to add the income you got from each employer separately.

Select the calendar icon and choose the date you got paid. Or, enter it manually in the format of dd/mm/yyyy.

Enter the Gross amount paid, before tax and deductions. You can find this on your payslip. Use Australian dollars and cents, including the decimal point.

Then select Next.

Select Yes or No to tell us if this pay includes any back pay.

Then select Next.

Select Yes or No to tell us if this pay period is longer than a fortnight.

Then select Next.

Select Continue to proceed.

A summary of the information you’ve given us will appear.

Your total income will show in Gross employment income under My pay.

If you’ve reported your partner’s income, that will be under My partner’s pay.

On this page, you can change details for your reporting period. Select any of these:

  • Edit if you need to change the details you’ve given us for you and your partner
  • Delete if you need to remove the details you’ve given us for you and your partner
  • Add more pay if you have more than one job, to enter income from a different employer
  • Add more pay if you got paid more than once by the same employer.

Select Add hours to tell us the hours you or your partner worked for each employer during your reporting period.

Choose your employer from the list, then select Next.

Enter the total Hours you worked during your reporting period, to the nearest hour. For example, if you worked 3.5 hours, enter 4. This can be different to the hours recorded on your payslip.

Select Continue to proceed.

If you or your partner worked for more than one employer, select Add more hours to enter hours for other employers.

When you’ve finished entering your or your partner’s hours worked, select Continue.

Go to Step 5 to review and submit your information.

Step 4: tell us if you don’t have paid income

If you don’t have paid income to report and have stopped working, we can remove you from reporting until you start work again.

On the Employment status page, select either:

  • Yes if you’re no longer working
  • No if you're still working.

Then select Next.

If you answered No because you’re still working, select Continue and go to Step 5 to review and submit your information.

If you’ve stopped working, select Yes or No to tell us if you got all pay expected from any recent employers.

If you’re unsure, select No and you will need to keep reporting.

Select Next.

Select Continue to proceed. Go to Step 5 to review and submit your report.

Review and Submit

Select Begin to check your updates are correct.

We’ll give you a summary of the details you’ve given us.

Review each section to check your details are correct.

If you need to make changes, select Edit. If the details are correct, select Next.

Read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select I have read and agree with the above conditions.

Then select Submit.

Get your receipt

We’ll give you a receipt when you submit your report. 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 if you need to keep reporting.

Your receipt may also show your partner’s next payment. These details will show if they get a payment and they permit you to access their information.

Select:

  • Information you provided to view a summary of the details you’ve given us
  • Return home to go back to your homepage, then go to Step 6 to sign out.
  • Save receipt to keep a copy of your receipt
  • Print to print your receipt.

Step 5: review and submit

Select Begin to check your updates are correct.

We’ll give you a summary of the details you’ve given us.

Review each section to check all the details are correct.

If you need to make any changes, select Edit.

If the details are correct, select Next.

Read the declaration. If you understand and agree with the declaration, select I have read and agree with the above conditions.

Then select Submit.

Get your receipt

We’ll give you a receipt when you submit your report. 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.

Your receipt may also show your partner’s next payment. These details will display if they get a payment and they permit you to access their information.

Select:

  • Information you provided to view a summary of your income details
  • Return home to go back to your homepage, then go to Step 6
  • Save receipt to save a copy of your receipt.
  • Print to print your receipt.

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.

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Page last updated: 13 January 2021