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i am currently on youth allowance and DP is on parenting payment. when #2 is born can i claim parenting for #2? and dp claim for ds1? or does it have to be under the same parent?
i had the same question with centrelink before my bubs was born. dh already claims a part payment for the older kids and gets the rent allowance and that stuff. i was told by a centerlink officer that they wouldn't give you just the money for the new baby they would give you a percentage of the total amount that would be paid to dp. because they do this there is a higher chance that you could be overpaid and have to pay money back to them. for the simpleness we just had all the money for the kids put into dh's account and then he just transfers some into my account.
so how do they work out the percentage? it sounds really confusing lol
DP is the one who came up with this brainwave lol
My understanding is that you can split the family payments, but not the parenting payment. The parenting payment is a support payment for you based on your situation, the family payment is paid to you for the children.
If you were unemployed you would get youth allowance or newstart allowance. If you were old, an age pension. If you were disabled, a disability pension. A single parent get parenting payment single. If your partner is working but on a low income, or receiving another payment, and you have children, you can get parenting payment partnered. This is an acknowledgement that this person is looking after the kids and not looking for work, and so they won't be required to do so. I don't think that they will pay each of you a parenting payment to stay home and look after the kids, one of you will need to be on a payment that requires you to look for work (or study, age pension, disability etc).
sam's mum- we tried to split the ftb payments and c/link wouldnt let us this was when ds1 as born they said they dont do that :confused:
but billie&beth said
i was told by a centerlink officer that they wouldn't give you just the money for the new baby they would give you a percentage of the total amount that would be paid to dp. because they do this there is a higher chance that you could be overpaid and have to pay money back to them.
i have looked on the c/link site and no where does it have an asnwer to my question.
they won't split the ftb if there is only one child. It is usually for situations where you have a blended family and so you don't want the traditional ftb recipient (mum) getting all of the payment. This is where you get paid separately for each child. Or if you are separated you can each get a share in proportion to how often you have the kids eg 50/50 if you have the kids week about.
I am not sure that Billie&beth isn't confused between the family payment and the parenting payment.
I don't know if the website will be detailed enough to have this information or if it will be more general info only.
I was living with my ex partner for 6 months in Melb before we separated.. and I asked Centrelink about then paying him for our daughter, and me for my son (different father), and they stated that unless we were living under seperate roofs and had one child each - they couldnt do that.
Its too much paperwork and muckaround .. thats why they just pay all the FTA to one parent.
So Im not sure what information you were given - but from what I know - its not possible. I'd ring them and ask directly though - you never know with them
Parenting Payment cannot be split between 2 people especially when they are in a couple. Even if you were separated, you would not be able to both claim PP be it single or ptr'd unless you each had a child.
As far a FTB is concerned the only time both members of a couple can receive FTB is when there is the "blended family" situation. So, OP, if both of your children are from your current relationship it cannot be split. (In saying this the "blended family" rules also DO NOT apply for PPP - parenting payment partnered)
Hope this helps you.
thanks guys :)
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