What happens to my existing payment or card
There are things you need to do to keep getting an existing payment or to replace a card.
Update your details with us
If your details or circumstances change, tell us as soon as you can. This can includes things like a temporary change of address.
You can come and talk to us at one of our mobile service locations. Read more about where you can find us in a bushfire affected area.
You can do much of this online using:
You can also tell us about changes to your circumstances by:
If you have a child support assessment and your situation has changed, call us so we can update your details. This includes if your income or care of your children has changed. This is important so we can make sure your assessment is correct. You can update your details using the Express Plus Child Support mobile app or call 131 272.
Farm Household Allowance
If you’ve been affected by the bushfires, you can continue to get Farm Household Allowance if you intend to return to farming. You can also get an exemption from your Financial Improvement Agreement of up to 13 weeks. Contact your Farm Household Case Officer to apply for an exemption.
We’re helping job seekers in bushfire affected areas continue to get their payment. This includes voluntary firefighters.
Mutual obligation requirements will be suspended:
- for all job seekers and ParentsNext participants living in declared bushfire areas until 6 March 2020.
If you don’t live in a declared bushfire area and you have been impacted by the bushfires, let your employment services provider know. They can tailor your mutual obligation requirements to meet your current circumstances.
You can also contact us and we can give you an exemption from all mutual obligation requirements if you:
- are volunteering as part of the emergency response (e.g. volunteer firefighters)
- have been called to service as part of the Defence Force Reserves to assist with recovery efforts
- have been personally affected by the bushfires
- are providing support to a relative or loved one who has been affected by the bushfires.
You can call us on:
- 132 850 (job seekers 22 and older including Special Benefit)
- 132 490 (job seekers under 22)
- 136 150 (Parenting Payment).
You can talk to our staff if you don’t have access to a phone.
We’ve paused debt and compliance activities for people living in Local Government Areas (LGA) affected by the recent bushfires. This pause is in place in all LGAs where a major disaster has been declared by the Australian Government.
If you have a payment arrangement in place, it will continue unless you request a review due to your personal circumstances. If you’re suffering hardship call us on 1800 076 072 to discuss your options.
Find the bushfire affected areas declared a disaster in your state.
Access to medicines
If you can’t see a doctor to get a prescription, you can discuss your options with a pharmacist.
Just make sure to bring anything that documents what medicines you take, for example a medicine pack.
If you don’t have your concession cards available, your pharmacist can call PBS general enquiries for assistance.
For more information go to the Department of Health website.
Replace a lost card
You can request a replacement concession, health care card, or Medicare card.
You can use the self service facilities to order a replacement card at a:
You can report a lost or stolen Cashless Debit Card to Indue Ltd on 1800 710 265.
There may be some places that won’t accept a digital copy of your card. We’ll send your replacement card to the address you have registered with us. Don’t forget to update your address if it’s changed.
Cashless Debit Card
To date, the bushfires haven’t caused disruptions to Cashless Debit Card terminals in trial sites. We’ll keep monitoring this.
If you have questions or need help to access funds, call:
- Cashless Debit Card Hotline on 1800 252 604
- Indue Contact Centre on 1800 710 265.
You can talk to our staff if you don’t have access to a phone. You can do this at a service centre.
Page last updated: 19 February 2020