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The Centrelink Master Program, or more commonly known as Centrelink, is a Services Australia master program of the Australian Government. It delivers a range of government payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, students, apprentices and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and provides services at times of major change. The majority of Centrelink's services are the disbursement of social security payments.
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Premier urges WA jobseekers to take offersThe usual Centrelink penalties for those on JobSeeker who don't accept suitable offers are on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Centrelink income test threshold lifted to give more Australians support during coronavirus pandemicAustralians seeking welfare because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive support if their partner earns about $79,000 a year, up from $48,000.
Centrelink income test threshold boostedAustralians seeking welfare because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive support if their partner earns about $79,000 a year, up from $48,000.
Thousands of backpackers are stranded in Australia with no work and no flights to get homeMany thousands of backpackers and temporary workers are stuck in Australia, without access to work or Centrelink and with international flights halting, no way to get home.
Labor demands national Centrelink hotline as workers again line up to register for unemployment benefitsThe federal government should set up a dedicated Centrelink hotline for people who have lost their jobs because of coronavirus, Labor says.
Stuart Robert backtracks on claim MyGov website crashed due to cyber attackThousands of Australians have queued around Centrelink offices across the country and the online portal for government services has crashed as people scramble to apply for benefits amid the coronavirus..
MyGov website crashes, queues outside Centrelink amid virus pandemicAustralians are unable to access the online portal for government services after the MyGov website crashed on Monday morning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Centrelink, welfare staff barred for months from Aboriginal landThe workers, which included those from the Australian Electoral Commission, were barred from the South Australian land over a dispute with a land rights holder.
'Couldn't believe it': Bushfire victims denied relief paymentsStruggling locals in bushfire zones are fighting battles over technicalities with Centrelink just to get disaster payments.
Quiet Australians, it's time to ask Centrelink for your money back - loudlyA court victory for one robodebt victim is a triumph for all - except the government and bureaucracy that unlawfully gouged people's money.
Centrelink halts 'extraordinary mess' robo-debt scheme targeting welfare recipientsThe public sector union has called for more Centrelink staff to deal with changes to the welfare debt recovery program, now that "robo-debt" won't be relied on.
Centrelink winds back 'robo-debt' systemThe public sector union has called for more Centrelink staff to deal with changes to the welfare debt recovery program, now that "robo-debt" won't be relied on.
Indigenous Australians are struggling to fill in Centrelink forms, Ken Wyatt saysIndigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says there are increasing reports some Indigenous people are not claiming income support due to low literacy levels.
'I don't have any trust': Centrelink robo-debt recipients say it feels like bullyingPeople who've received Centrelink's so-called robo-debt notices say the system is too opaque when they try to get to the bottom of how debts are incurred.
Centrelink robo-debt 'feels like bullying'People who've received Centrelink's so-called robo-debt notices say the system is too opaque when they try to get to the bottom of how debts are incurred.
'Government needs to take greater responsibility': Centrelink robo-debt inquiry heads westWA-based welfare groups have fronted a senate inquiry into Centrelink's controversial robo-debt recovery scheme, which is facing calls to be scrapped.
Centrelink robo-debt inquiry heads westWA-based welfare groups have fronted a senate inquiry into Centrelink's controversial robo-debt recovery scheme, which is facing calls to be scrapped.
Class action launched against Centrelink's controversial robo-debt systemLawyers and former Labor leader Bill Shorten have unveiled a class action against Centrelink's controversial robo-debt welfare recovery scheme.
'This is incompetence': Families out of pocket after Centrelink glitchOne mother of two says she is almost $10,000 out of pocket after her credit card was charged three times during a nationwide glitch affecting Centrelink's website.
Mother claimed government money for almost 15 years after baby's deathA 41-year-old woman is awaiting sentence in NSW after fraudulently receiving more than $200,000 in Centrelink payments after her baby girl died.
How the Reserve Bank's interest rate cut will affect vulnerable Australian retireesRetirees who rely on interest from their savings were among the biggest losers in last week's interest rate cut, as term deposit and savings rates are slashed. But changes to Centrelink rules on 1 July..
Issues with robo-debt flagged with the UNIn a submission to the UN, the Human Rights Law Centre has flagged concerns with Centrelink's use of automation for penalties, saying it creates more poverty.
New robo-debt challenge in Federal CourtA second challenge against Centrelink's robo-debt program is being launched by Victorian Legal Aid.