Advising Centrelink of temporary absence

YOURLifeChoices subscriber Mary is lucky enough to be heading off on a cruise for two weeks, but is unsure if this temporary absence warrants a call to Centrelink.

Q. Mary
We are going on a New Zealand cruise for two weeks, leaving on the 15th March. As we both receive a part Age Pension, do we have to let Centrelink know?

While two weeks may not seem like a long time, it’s well worth keeping Centrelink in the know. Should Centrelink try to contact you for any reason while you’re away, and does not receive a response from you, it could stop your payments. A quick call to Centrelink would be prudent. You can contact Centrelink on 13 23 00.