How Easter will affect your Age Pension payment

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Public holidays are a much-loved part of Australian life, but they can disrupt normal services such as Centrelink payments. Do you know what’s in store in the next few weeks due to the Good Friday and Easter Monday holidays?

Services Australia, the body that delivers government payments and services, says there will be changes to opening hours and Centrelink payments and services over Easter.

This may mean changes to your reporting and payment dates. And you may even get your Centrelink payment early.

If you don’t need to report employment income, Centrelink will pay you early.

“We won’t delay payments because of a public holiday, but we may pay you earlier than normal. An early payment is your normal payment, just paid early,” Centrelink advises.

“Where we pay an early payment, we pay as close to and before your normal payment day. You’ll need to budget so this payment lasts until your next payment day.”

Services Australia general manager Hank Jongen said self-service options would continue to be available during this period.

Centrelink says that if you report early during your assessment period, you’ll need to include what you expect to be paid for your 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.

“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.”

To report you can use:

  • your Centrelink online account through myGov
  • Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
  • phone self service.

Centrelink says you must report when you are due, so it can pay you.

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If you receive any of the payments or allowances listed below, your Centrelink payment reporting dates have changed.

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Partner Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Austudy
  • Special Benefit
  • Status Resolution Support Services Payment.

If your normal reporting date is Tuesday 30 March, you can now report on Monday 29 March and you will receive your payment on Tuesday 30 March. Your next normal payment date will be Wednesday 14 April.

If your normal reporting date is Wednesday 31 March, you can now report on Tuesday 30 March and you will receive your payment on Wednesday 31 March. Your next normal payment date will be Thursday 15 April.

If your normal reporting date is Thursday 1 April, you can now report on Tuesday 30 March and you will receive your payment on Wednesday 31 March. Your next normal payment date will be Friday 16 April.

If your normal reporting date is Friday 2 April, you can now report on Wednesday 31 March and you will receive your payment on Thursday 1 April. Your next normal payment date will be Monday 19 April

If your normal reporting date is Monday 5 April, you can now report on Thursday 1 April and you will receive your payment on Tuesday 6 April. Your next normal payment date will be Tuesday 20 April.

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If you receive any of the payments or allowances listed below, your Centrelink payment reporting dates have also changed.

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Pensioner Education Supplement
  • Carer Payment
  • Carer Allowance
  • a families payment.

If your normal reporting date is Tuesday 30 March, you can now report on Monday 29 March and you will receive your payment on Wednesday 31 March. Your next normal payment date will be Thursday 15 April.

If your normal reporting date is Wednesday 31 March, you can now report on Tuesday 30 March and you will receive your payment on Thursday 1 April. Your next normal payment date will be Friday 16 April.

If your normal reporting date is Thursday 1 April, you can now report on Tuesday 30 March and you will receive your payment on Thursday 1 April. Your next normal payment date will be Monday 19 April.

If your normal reporting date is Friday 2 April, you can now report on Wednesday 31 March and you will receive your payment on Tuesday 6 April. Your next normal payment date will be Tuesday 20 April.

If your normal reporting date is Monday 5 April, you can now report on Thursday 1 April and you will receive your payment on Wednesday 7 April. Your next normal payment date will be Wednesday 21 April.

Centrelink will be closed from Friday 2 April and reopen on Tuesday 6 April. It advises that you can still use your Centrelink online account through myGov, or the Express Plus mobile apps, or Centrelink phone self-service system.

For more information, click here.

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Written by Janelle Ward



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