Centrelink has special arrangements in place to ensure you are not disadvantaged by the Easter and Anzac Day public holiday period.
If you need to report income or lodge forms to receive a Centrelink payment during this period, you should carefully check the reporting dates that appear on your form or reporting statement. Lodgement dates may be earlier than usual. You will need to include an estimate of your earnings for the full period if you are submitting your form or reporting early.
You can also choose to return forms after your assessment period has ended, to ensure your earnings are reported accurately. However, you will not be paid until after the form has been lodged.
If you do not need to lodge forms you may receive an early payment because of a public holiday. You will need to make sure that the early payment lasts until your next payment, which will be due on your usual payment day.
During the Easter and Anzac Day public holiday period, you still need to let Centrelink know if your circumstances change. If you do not tell Centrelink about changes to your circumstances and as a result are overpaid, you will have to repay any money you were not entitled to.
Centrelink offices will be closed on:
Friday 22 April 2011 (Good Friday)
Monday 25 April 2011 (Easter Monday/ANZAC Day)
Tuesday 26 April 2011 (Public holiday)
Offices in Tasmania are not observing the public holiday on 26 April and will be open on that date.
More information about public holiday payment arrangements can be found at the Centrelink website.
Child Support Agency
The Child Support Agency (CSA) will be closed for normal business over the holiday period from Friday 22 April, reopening for business on Wednesday 27 April 2011.
For more information about CSA services over the holiday period visit the CSA website.
Go to the Medicare Australia website for opening times of Medicare offices.
Centrelink payments arrangements over the Easter and ANZAC Day 2011 public holidays