Paying bills

You can use Centrepay to pay any business that accepts it.

What you can pay for

You can use Centrepay for a range of goods and services, regular bills and for ongoing expenses.

If you’re not sure if you can use Centrepay to pay for something ask the business.

Search and find a business that offers Centrepay as an option.

Court fines and infringements

Contact the Court Administrative Office in your state or territory if you want to use Centrepay for:

  • court fines
  • infringements.

What you can't pay for

There are some things you can’t use Centrepay for. These include:

  • gift cards, vouchers
  • payment plans such as for Christmas hampers
  • alcohol and home brew products
  • cigarettes
  • pornography
  • gambling
  • firearms, accessories and bullets.

You can’t use Centrepay for the following either:

  • paying cash or payday lenders, pawn brokers or debt collectors
  • credit cards
  • income protection, funeral or life insurance
  • renting or leasing of household goods if the agreement is for less than 4 months or doesn’t have an end date
  • any holiday accommodation
  • car leasing, taxis and hire cars
  • bottled water.

You also can’t use Centrepay for government housing payments to state or territory housing authorities. Contact your local housing authority to pay a different way. You may be able to use our Rent Deduction Scheme.

How to pay for household goods a better way

You may end up paying a lot more than you think if you rent or lease household goods.

Better value options include:

  • Centrelink advance payments
  • no and low interest loans from community organisations
  • lay-by from stores
  • saving up the money and buying the item outright.

For help to make the most of your Centrelink payment:

Page last updated: 11 August 2022.
QC 40441