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Aussies warned of Centrelink closures: ‘We want to help you plan’

Australians line up outside a Centrelink office.
Centrelink offices will be closed on the Australia Day public holiday. (Source: Getty)

Aussies on Centrelink are being reminded by Services Australia about upcoming closures due to the Australia Day public holiday.

Services Australia said Centrelink offices would be closed on Thursday, January 26, 2023, and some may need to report their income early to ensure they received their payment.

“We want to help you plan so you still get paid. You may need to report your income early so we can pay you during this closure. We may pay you early,” Services Australia said.

While physical offices will be shut, recipients will be still be able to use their Centrelink online account through myGov to do any of the following:

“You can still report your income to us, even when we’re closed. However, if you do this on a public holiday, we’ll pay you after the public holiday,” Services Australia said.

“You can view your reporting dates 12 weeks in advance online.”

Services Australia said if someone reported early during their assessment period they would need to include what they expected to be paid for the full period.

“You must also do this for any other changes that may affect your payment. If you make a mistake, you can correct your report within 14 days, or when you next report,” Services Australia said.

“If you report after your assessment period, we’ll pay you after you report to us. You may want to do this so you can be sure of your employment income or changes to your circumstances.”

If you would normally report your income on Thursday, January 26, you will need to report on Wednesday January 25 and your revised payment would be on Friday, January 27. Your next normal payment date would be Friday, February 10.

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