Australians who receive Centrelink payments are being reminded services will shut down over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Major Services Australia centres and most call centres will close over Christmas from December 25 to December 27, as well as for New Year’s Day on January 1.
Smaller service centres will shut over the whole Christmas and New Year holiday from December 22 to January 2.
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“This means your reporting and payment dates may change and you’ll need to report early,” Services Australia said on its website.
“Your Centrelink online account will show your new reporting date for the Christmas and New Year reporting period.
“You can still report your income to us, even when we’re closed. However, if you do this on a public holiday we’ll pay you after the public holiday.”
Australians can still use Centrelink online accounts via myGov during these periods to:
Report incomeView reporting dates for the next 12 weeksChange some appointmentsApply for an advance paymentRequest a document
People can check reporting and payment dates through their Centrelink online account or via the Services Australia website.
Service centre closures are listed here.