Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have received some payments from Centrelink and I think that my income is going to change. Do I really have to report the changes?
Yes. It is no exaggeration that Centrelink takes an extraordinarily dim view of not reporting changes in income. There is clearly an ongoing legal obligation on the person receiving the benefit to update Centrelink with all relevant information. There have even been cases when a charge of fraud arises several years after the event.
While this might seem excessive, it is clearly best to ensure full and proactive disclosure.
Should you have particular concerns with income reporting or if you have been contacted by Centrelink in relation to information you previously provided, it is strongly recommended that you speak to a qualified defence lawyer regarding your situation.