Centrelink Responsibilities

Centrelink was formerly known as The Department of Social Security.
Centrelink Customer Service Centres provide services for various government departments including the departments of Family and Community Services, Health and Ageing, and Veterans’ Affairs.
For retired people or people planning retirement Centrelink provides information and services about:

  • Age Pension
  • Accommodation and renting
  • Financial Information Service
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors’ Health Card
  • Pension Loans Scheme
  • Retirement assistance

Centrelink also administers programs for people in special circumstances, including:

  • Disability Support Pension
  • Carer Payment
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Mobility Allowance
  • Carer Allowance
  • Rent Assistance
  • Postal Concessions for the Blind
  • Special Benefit
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Bereavement Payments
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow Pension Class B
  • Newstart
  • Health Care Cards
  • Remote Area Allowance
  • Pensioner Education Supplement

Written by Debbie McTaggart