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Parents/guardians: your child may get a letter requesting your income

Students, Australian Apprentices and job seekers getting Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance as a dependant may need to ask their parents or guardians to provide their income details as part of the annual reassessment.

This happens each year to ensure recipients are getting the correct payment rate.

“Recipients may get a letter in September or October asking for their parents’ or guardians’ income details,” National Manager Deb Masani said.

“It’s important they don’t ignore it, and get their parents or guardians to complete the reassessment as soon as possible.

“The information needs to be submitted by the date specified in the letter, otherwise Centrelink may stop the recipient’s payment.

“If a recipient doesn’t get a letter, they won’t have to do anything as Centrelink already has the income details or the information isn’t required for their payment.”

Parents or guardians can ask questions about doing the reassessment on the department’s Family Update or Student Update account on social media.

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