Will your pension payment be affected this Christmas?

If you are relying on receiving your pension on a certain date during the silly season, be sure to check the dates just released by the Department of Human Services, which will be closed during the Christmas-New Year period.

Centrelink and call centres will be closed on the following dates:


  • Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2015
  • Monday 28 December 2015
  • Tuesday 29 December 2015
  • New Years Day, Friday 1 January 2016

The DHS tells us that during this time, Centrelink Online Services, Express Plus mobile app and Phone Self Service will still be available. You can use these services to report on public holidays, but payment will not be made until after the public holiday, and on the dates given below.

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Alternative reporting and payment arrangements for payments, including Age Pension:Non-reporting dates are:

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Alternative payment dates for pensions (non-reporting):

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Does this affect your plans at all? Don’t forget to share this with anyone who might need to know!

Important information: The information provided on this website is of a general nature and for information purposes only. It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not financial product advice and must not be relied upon as such. Before making any financial decision you should determine whether the information is appropriate in terms of your particular circumstances and seek advice from an independent licensed financial services professional.