What to report when you report income to Centrelink

We need to know the gross income you and your partner earn so we can pay you the right amount.

Gross income is the amount you earn before tax and other deductions. If your earnings change, even by a small amount, you need to tell us.

If your claim is successful, you’ll need to report your income even if it’s $0.

You must continue to report every 2 weeks for your payment to continue.

If you don’t report every 2 weeks your payment will stop. If you report late, your payment will be late.

Income can be money you get from any of the following:

  • a job
  • a source like an investment
  • a gift or allowance.

Read more about how we define income.

If you earn income from your job, you must tell us if you earn income from self employment. You must also tell us if you earn income from employment. We look at employment income types in different ways.

You must tell us if you get income from more than 1 job. This helps make sure we’re paying you the right amount.

If you get job income from fixed unit rates, you must keep track of how much you get. You need to tell us your total income rates in you reporting period.

You need to tell us if you leave your job and get severance or redundancy pay. This pay can affect how much we pay you.

Any voluntary superannuation contributions you make count as income. You will need to tell us about this so we pay you the right amount.

If your income reduces the amount we pay you to 0, a nil payment period will start. This helps you stay on a payment if your income changes.

There are other things we need to know about your income. This will make sure we’re paying you the right amount.

Page last updated: 15 September 2020