The Australian government lends a helping hand to those in need.

For example, retirees, individuals facing unemployment, families, parents, carers, the disabled,  Indigenous Australians, 16-24-year-old students, apprentices, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds receive government payments. They are called Centrelink payments.


Here are some examples of Centrelink payments.
  • Age pension
  • Bereavement allowance
  • Carer payment
  • Disability support pension (you have reached pension age requirements)
  • Education entry payment
  • Parenting payment (single)
  • Widow B Pension
  • Income support supplement
  • Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) where the payment pension or allowance is taxable
  • DFISA-like payments (Australian Government income support payments not paid under Social Security Law such as ABSTUDY living allowance)
  • Invalidity service pension and you meet pension age requirements
  • Partner service pension
  • Eligible Termination Payments (ETP) – either a lump sum paid to you by your employer when you retired or ceased employment or a lump sum payment from a superannuation fund, approved deposit fund, retirement savings account or life assurance company.

What is CentreLink?


Centrelink is a program in the Department of Human Services that delivers a range of payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Additionally, it provides services at times of major change.


Most government payments are assessable for income tax purposes and must be declared on your tax return. However, other government pensions, allowances, and payments are exempt from income tax.


E-Lodge supports the following Centrelink services.
  • Age Pension
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Career Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Education Entry Payment
  • Parenting Payment
  • Widow B Pension
  • Income support supplements