Centrelink Name Change

Centrelink Name Change

Centrelink Name Change

In 2022 the Centrelink name change procedure has changed again! You can no longer upload your proof of name change online. You need to visit a Centrelink location in person with a document from Births Deaths and Marriages that shows the change (eg: marriage certificate, amended birth certificate or legal name change certificate). You also need to show photo ID. It does not matter if the ID is in your old or new name as your BDM document links the names. It's handy to also know your CRN.

How Easy Name Change can help

If you've changed names from marriage, legally or you are reverting to your former name, then chances are you have another 10 to over 40 different places to update. Save yourself a full day of waiting on hold and figuring out what to send where with our ready to send forms, letters and emails!


Just because your name is updated with Centrelink does not mean any other records change. Medicare, state driver's licence, passport, ATO, superannuation and all other records remain as is. Easy Name Change saves an average of 8 hours of calling around, looking for forms, figuring what each company needs and where to send it. Choose from our database of over 650 companies and get personalised and ready to send forms, letters and emails. In most cases just attach your proof of name change and send!


Centrelink: Visit a Centrelink office in person

You can visit any Centrelink location. For a list of all locations visit https://findus.servicesaustralia.gov.au/.

Please note your name change with Centrelink does not flow through to any other government department. You still need to follow the steps to change names with Medicare and the ATO. Order an Easy Name Change kit and get a ready-to-send notification for Medicare and the ATO name change form. 

Do you have a change in circumstances?

A change of name often coincides with a change of circumstances so your payments may be impacted. When you visit Centrelink to request your name change be sure to explain any change in circumstances. This may prevent an over or underpayment. 

Can you make a Centrelink claim in your former name?

Perhaps you don't have the time to line up at Centrelink to request your name is changed? Or you may have changed names in a number of places except for Centrelink. Can you still make a claim? Yes, if your name change involves adding or removing your spouse's surname you can make a Centrelink claim in either name. That's because a married name is an assumed name, meaning your birth name and your married names are both yours to use for the rest of your life, regardless of your personal situation. You can make a claim with Centrelink using the name that Centrelink currently has on file. Be sure your bank details are current, and this can be easily changed online through the Centrelink Plus app. You can then update your name once wait times are reduced. 

If you have legally changed names you have renounced the right to be known by your former name so you should follow the steps to have your name updated with Centrelink.   

Questions about changing names?

Easy Name Change is Australia's leading name change expert. We know all the tricky details of name change for every situation. Our ready to send forms, letters and emails save customers an average of 8 hours. No wasted time on hold. Just sign and send!

Need to change names with Centrelink? There's no easy way around this one - you need to visit a Centrelink office in person. Our ready-to-send forms, letters and emails can help with the rest.

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