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Queen’s public holiday to impact Centrelink payments

·Personal Finance Editor
·2-min read
Australian currency and the Centrelink logo on the exterior of a building.
Centrelink recipients have been warned payments could be delayed due to the upcoming public holiday. (Source: Getty)

Centrelink payments and reporting dates may change due to the upcoming public holiday to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Centrelink offices will be closed on Thursday, September 22 for the National Day of Mourning, and Services Australia is warning the closures may impact some.

“We want to help you plan so you still get paid,” Services Australia said.

“You may need to report your income early so we can pay you. We may pay you early.”

You can use your Centrelink online account through myGov to do any of the following:

Services Australia said you could also use the Express Plus mobile apps and phone self service.

“You can still report your income to us, even when we’re closed,” Services Australia said.

“However, if you do this on a public holiday we’ll pay you after the public holiday.”

Centrelink recipients can view their reporting dates up to 12 weeks in advance online.

Not everyone happy about public holiday

While most Aussies welcome next week’s public holiday, not everyone is happy about it.

Small business owners, particularly, have expressed some frustration about the one-off public holiday, saying it will eat into profits.

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said it respected the decision of the Federal Government to honour the passing of Queen Elizabeth II but added it was now up to the states and territories to clarify trading conditions for next Thursday.

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