Media release:
Earn more, keep more: Track it with Centrelink Apps

27 March 2014

Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Human Services

More than 800,000 Centrelink customers can now earn 60 per cent more without it affecting their payment.

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said people receiving Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Sickness Allowance or Parenting Payment Partnered can now earn $100 per fortnight before their payment is affected, up from $62 per fortnight previously.

"The increase means customers and/or their partners will have a greater incentive to take up part-time work," Minister Payne said.

The easiest way to see potential increases to Centrelink payments following the 20 March change is to use the Department of Human Services' Express Plus Job Seekers app or online services.

"Using the app customers can report their employment income on their phone and then check the amount of their next payment.

"Customers can also obtain these updates using Centrelink online services. Both the app and online services are available 24-7, so customers can log in when it suits them."

Minister Payne said most Centrelink customers would also receive a separate boost to their next payment from 20 March, linked to increases in the Consumer Price Index.

"The app is also a great way for customers to see the CPI increase to their payment amount, which will be received by around 4.6 million customers."

Express Plus apps can be downloaded for Apple and Android devices, from the Apple App Store or Google Play. To learn more about the Department of Human Services' online services and smartphone apps, visit humanservices.gov.au/expressplus and humanservices.gov.au/online.

For more information on the income free increase, search "income free area" on the website.