Reporting and payment dates for Christmas and New Year 2019

Centrelink reporting and payment dates for the Christmas and New Year period.

Centrelink holiday reporting dates

With the holidays approaching, your Department of Human Services and Centrelink reporting and payment dates may change over the Christmas and New Year period. Here are the dates you should note.

Centrelink offices will be closed on Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26 December and Friday 27 December 2019. They will also be closed on Wednesday 1 January 2020. Centrelink Online Services, Express Plus mobile apps and Phone Self Service will still be available. You can use these services to report on public holidays.

The dates on which you need to report to Centrelink will changed during the holiday period, as noted in the new reporting dates in the tables below. Centrelink will only pay you after you have reported your activities.

If you report early during your assessment period, you must estimate your earnings or other changes for the full period. You can correct your estimate within 14 days, or when you next report.

If you want to be sure of your earnings or changes to your circumstances, you may be better off reporting after your normal date.

Alternative reporting and payment arrangements for payments, including Age Pension:

Date reports normally due

Date you can report

Revised payment delivery date

Next normal payment due

Friday 20 December

Thursday 19 December

Monday 23 December

Tuesday 7 January

Monday 23 December

Friday 20 December

Tuesday 24 December

Wednesday 8 January

Tuesday 24 December

Friday 20 December Tuesday 24 December Thursday 9 January

Wednesday 25 December

Monday 23 December

Friday 27 December

Friday 10 January

Thursday 26 December

Monday 23 December

Friday 27 December

Monday 13 January

Friday 27 December

Tuesday 24 December

Monday 30 December

Tuesday 14 January

Monday 30 December

Tuesday 24 December

Monday 30 December

Wednesday 15 January

Tuesday 31 December

Monday 30 December

Thursday 2 January

Thursday 16 January

Wednesday 1 January

Tuesday 31 December

Friday 3 January

Friday 17 January


Alternative payment dates for pensions (non-reporting):

Date reports normally due

Revised payment delivery date

Next normal payment due

Monday 23 December

Friday 20 December

Monday 6 January

Tuesday 24 December

Monday 23 December

Tuesday 7 January

Wednesday 25 December

Monday 23 December

Wednesday 8 January

Thursday 26 December

Tuesday 24 December

Thursday 9 January

Friday 27 December

Tuesday 24 December

Friday 10 January

Monday 30 December

Friday 27 December

Monday 13 January

Tuesday 31 December

Friday 27 December

Tuesday 14 January 

Wednesday 1 December

Tuesday 31 December

Wednesday 15 January 

   

These dates are a guide only and full information can be found by visiting the Department of Human Services website





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Mariner
19th Dec 2019
2:41pm
All this reporting has convinced me to stop working at the age of 65; not worth all the hassle, do a bit of lawn mowing for people for cash, do grocery shopping for some others. Look after people's properties when they are on leave. Only on part pension so if I had to report all the time I might just skip that but then that might be the Govt's intent in the first place.
thommo
19th Dec 2019
3:14pm
The age pension is subject to micro management by Centrelink (alias the government).
I despise them . Just bring in a universal pension and put a stop to all of this unnecessary BS.
Anonymous
19th Dec 2019
3:26pm
Exactly!
This Dept is a massive waste of taxpayers money, while also being a serious pain to the affected people.
Play Fairly
27th Dec 2019
1:42pm
Agreed, Thommo.
BTW the revised payment/alternative payment dates shown in this article have not proved correct for me. I think the best way to know for sure when you will receive a payment is to check the my.gov.au site.
Cheers
aussiecarer
21st Dec 2019
10:58pm
A universal pension would not only help the elderly. It would also really help hundreds of thousands of Australian youth who want to get into the workforce. In our town, more than half the local council workers are over 55. Most of these workers have been working for the council for 30+ years. They are just killing time getting paychecks from the council until they are eligible for the pension. Meanwhile only 1 in 3 young people are in paid employment - and most of those only have P/T or casual work. The majority are doing TAFE course after TAFE course - they feel like they are eternal students just waiting for the oldies to retire so they can finally get a chance at what it feels like to have a paid job. Recently there were more than 300 applicants for 3 unskilled jobs going at the council. Mature age people got all three of those jobs. Centrelink seems to delight in making the youth in our town who genuinely want to work feel bad about not being able to find work. One young person I know finished his latest course, and Centrelink sent him an email to say they would keep paying him study allowance over the holidays but at a reduced rate. The following day they sent him another email telling him to report to them in the next 14 days because his course had finished. The following day they sent him a third email - this one said they had cancelled his allowance because he was no longer studying. A fortnight later he received three printed letters via snail mail - all three letters said the same thing as the three emails he'd previously been sent. Then yesterday he received another three letters in the mail all on the same day - and these three letters were identical in content to the other three letters and the other three emails Centrelink had sent. Three emails and six letters to keep reminding a teenager that he's worthless because he can't get a foot in the door of the world of work ?! What a waste of taxpayers money. And then they wonder why youth suicide is so high.
Designated Driver
22nd Dec 2019
11:33am
I think this also demonstrates the stress Centrelink staff are under, which can be misinterpreted as persecution of the unemployed.
Dotty
22nd Dec 2019
11:49am
To some extent I agree with some comments re pensions and young ones wanting to work !
I know that that Centerlink can be a pain as is the Government for some of the decisions they make in regards to payments etc and in others I disagree !
Its sad that young ones have to wait for someone to retire from the work force to be able to get a job but thats the way it is in a lot of places !But here in the City it seems that there are those that want a job and keep trying until they get one and others just sit back and say well I cant get one so I will stay on the Dole !
My grandson applied for 300 jobs in one week and had 20 offers and applied for all and and is now working full time and happy to be doing so !
But ta the same time although he only completed High School he really never had the qualifications for the job he is now doing but they seen the potential in him at the interview that he was willing to do whatever was asked and he is so happy to be working and earning money and not on the dole which he never considered at all !
Dotty
Boss
24th Dec 2019
9:09am
Hello Dotty, EVERYONE on Centrelink has to apply for well over 300+ jobs a month JUST to get paid Centrelink. It’s basically a full time job looking for a job. Then they send you to a job network place, where they send you to courses and there you “learn” stuff you learnt in school, “tips” like, having a shave and wearing smart looking clothes to an interview... useless common sense stuff. Your Grandson was lucky, or maybe the company who “saw potential” in him and hired him for a job he wasn’t qualified for, actually saw someone who they can exploit. He hasn’t done anything different that we all do on the dole and for the dole otherwise YOU DONT GET CENTRELINK MEASLY PAYMENTS WHICH ARE NOT ENOUGH TO RENT ANYWHERE, so my generation (I’m 36) MORE THAN 50% of us live with our parents and all the BS that creates, hence domestic violence, when parents tell a 35-40 year old they can’t come and go as they please or have visitors over, or they have to wash up the dishes when you are due for a job interview.


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