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Mutual obligation requirements
Mutual obligation requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do while getting JobSeeker Payment from us.
Report employment income
If you get an income support payment from us, you must report any income you and your partner get. You need to report every 2 weeks, even if it’s $0. This is so we pay you the right amount.
Before you get your first payment, you need to report your and your partner’s income.
If your Centrelink online account is linked to myGov, sign in now to report your income.
You can also report your income by:
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- calling 133 276 (13 EARN).
You can check your reporting dates through your Centrelink online account.
When you report your income each fortnight, you’re confirming you’re meeting your mutual obligation requirements.
Change of circumstances
You need to let us know if there’s a change in your circumstances. You should also regularly check the information in your Centrelink online account is correct. This is so we can make sure we pay you the right amount. If we pay you too much you’ll get a debt you need to pay back.
If your Centrelink account is linked to myGov, sign in now to tell us about changes to your circumstances.
If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to create them.
You can also tell us using Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
Read about what you need to tell us if your circumstances change.
Mutual obligation requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do while getting certain payments from us. Penalties may apply if you don’t meet them.
To keep getting your payment, you may need to do certain tasks and activities.
Tell us if you can’t work or study for a short time due to a sickness or injury. You’ll also need to give us a medical certificate.
Job seekers could get demerits and financial penalties for not meeting mutual obligation.