Embassy of Australia
United States of America

Centrelink, pensions and social security

Centrelink and Australian Social Security Benefits

(including Age Pension and 'baby bonus')

The Centrelink program delivers a range of payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and provides services at times of major change.

Consular staff are unable to provide information on Centrelink’s range of payments and services. If you wish to apply for or need to discuss issues relating to the provision of Australian Social Security, contact Centrelink International Services on +1 866 343 3086 (toll-free from the United States).

*** Centrelink services are provided between 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). AEST is currently 14 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST), and therefore 13, 12 and 11 hours ahead of the Central (CST), Mountain (MST) and Pacific (PST) time zones respectively.