How Easter will affect your Age Pension payment

Public holidays are a much-loved part of Australian life, but they can disrupt normal services such as Centrelink payments over Good Friday, Easter holidays and Anzac Day.

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.

Services Australia and Centrelink offices will be closed on Good Friday (15 April 2022) and Easter Monday (18 April 2022). They’ll also be closed on Anzac Day (25 April 2022).

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.

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.
Date report normally dueDate you can reportRevised payment dateNext payment date
Tuesday 12 April 2022Monday 11 April 2022Tuesday 12 April 2022Wednesday 27 April 2022
Wednesday 13 April 2022Tuesday 12 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Thursday 28 April 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022Tuesday 12 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Friday 29 April 2022
Friday 15 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Monday 2 May 2022
Monday 18 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 3 May 2022
Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 4 May 2022
Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Thursday 5 May 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Friday 6 May 2022
Friday 22 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Monday 9 May 2022
Monday 25 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Tuesday 26 April 2022Tuesday 10 May 2022
Source: Services Australia correct at 14 April 2022.

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.
Date report normally dueDate you can reportRevised payment dateNext payment date
Tuesday 12 April 2022Monday 11 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Thursday 28 April 2022
Wednesday 13 April 2022Tuesday 12 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Friday 29 April 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022Tuesday 12 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Monday 2 May 2022
Friday 15 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 3 May 2022
Monday 18 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 4 May 2022
Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Thursday 5 May 2022
Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Friday 6 May 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Monday 9 May 2022
Friday 22 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Tuesday 26 April 2022Tuesday 10 May 2022
Monday 25 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Wednesday 27 April 2022Wednesday 11 May 2022
Source: Services Australia correct at 14 April 2022.

If you receive a JobSeeker Payment, Partner Allowance, Widow Allowance, Austudy, Special Benefit, or Status Resolution Support Services Payment, and don’t need to report employment income, Centrelink will pay you early.

Normal payment dateRevised payment dateNext payment date
Wednesday 13 April 2022Tuesday 12 April 2022Wednesday 27 April 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Thursday 28 April 2022
Friday 15 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Friday 29 April 2022
Monday 18 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Monday 2 May 2022
Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 3 May 2022
Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 4 May 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Thursday 5 May 2022
Friday 22 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Friday 6 May 2022
Monday 25 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Monday 9 May 2022
Tuesday 26 April 2022Tuesday 26 April 2022Tuesday 10 May 2022
Source: Services Australia correct at 14 April 2022.

If you receive the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Pensioner Education Supplement, Carer Payment, Carer Allowance, or families payment and don’t need to report, you will also be paid early.

Normal payment dateRevised payment dateNext payment date
Wednesday 13 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Wednesday 27 April 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022Wednesday 13 April 2022Thursday 28 April 2022
Friday 15 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Friday 29 April 2022
Monday 18 April 2022Thursday 14 April 2022Monday 2 May 2022
Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 19 April 2022Tuesday 3 May 2022
Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 20 April 2022Wednesday 4 May 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022Thursday 21 April 2022Thursday 5 May 2022
Friday 22 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Friday 6 May 2022
Monday 25 April 2022Friday 22 April 2022Monday 9 May 2022
Tuesday 26 April 2022Tuesday 26 April 2022Tuesday 10 May 2022
Source: Services Australia correct at 14 April 2022.

You can still use your Centrelink online account through myGov, or the Express Plus mobile apps, or Centrelink phone self service system to do any of the following:

You can still report your income, even when Centrelink is closed. However, if you do this on a public holiday you will be paid after the public holiday.

For more information, click here.

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