Centrelink is a branch of the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services that administers social welfare payments provided by the Australian Government. This system is known as social security.

More information about dealing with social security

Last updated

30 June 2019


  • The Guide to Social Security Law published by Centrelink (which sets out the rules it follows in administering all income security programs) is available at http://guides.dss.gov.au/guide-social-security-law.
  • The text of the SS Act, with annotations based on AAT and Federal Court decisions, is set out in Social Security and Family Assistance Law, published by the Welfare Rights Centre, Canberra and Federation Press, Sydney.
  • Each year, Centrelink produces up-to-date pamphlets on the pensions and benefits currently available and the rates at which they are paid.


For information about current payment rates, check the telephone directory or the Centrelink website (address below) and call the 13 number (for cost of a local call) relating to the payment you need information about.

The booklet, A Guide to Australian Government Payments, and other information on social security pay­ments, is available on the Australian Government’s Services Australia website at www.servicesaustralia.gov.au.

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