Claiming Austudy is a click away

COFFS students who are receiving or planning to claim financial assistance from Centrelink are being reminded to register for online services as the 2011 uni semester begins.

Centrelink area manager Brian Small said once registered, students can do their Centrelink business without the need to travel to a Centrelink office.

“Students can claim Youth Allowance or Austudy online, report any employment income, update their study details, and check when they’ll receive their payments,” Mr Small said.

“The best thing about online self-service is students can access it using their own computer, meaning they can save time and money on transport costs.”

“If you don’t have access to a computer, take advantage of the self-service computers available at your nearest Centrelink office.”

Mr Small said it’s easy to get started with Centrelink’s online services.

“You just need to register – this can be done via the online services section of the Centrelink website, over the phone or in person at any Centrelink office.”

“Of course, customer service advisers are always available at your local Centrelink office to provide face-to-face assistance to students when they need it.”

Centrelink customers can now also buy low-cost PCs thanks to an ongoing partnership between Centrelink and not-for-profit organisation WorkVentures.

WorkVentures has a new range of PCs available including internet ready Pentium 4 PCs with Windows XP Pro, Microsoft Office 2003 and technical support from $290 plus delivery.

Customers interested in purchasing a low-cost PC can contact their local Centrelink office or phone WorkVentures on 1800 112 205.

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