What would you do if you knew someone that was taking advantage of the system and receiving benefits that they are not entitled too?.
A "couple" that DH and i both know used to do things by the book and declared everything ... he worked full time and she did'nt work at all. Once they had their first child, he lost his job and they both moved into his parents place. To make ends meet, they decided that she was to claim the single parenting payment while he received newstart allowance.
He got another job eventually (better pay than the last job) and they still continued to claim that they were not together so she could receive the SPP. They went on to have another child - still claiming the single payment..
She received a payout from her fathers death and they decided to use this to buy a home. Because they were claiming they were no longer together and he was the only 1 working, they decided he would apply for the home aloan and state that he had no children (because a lender will "lend" you less if you have dependants).
They moved into their home, she began working part time .. she declares her earnings to centrelink, but they still pay her $400 per fortnight because they *THINK* she is a working single mum.
She still uses her partners parents address for centrelink use and they are living VERY COMFORTABLE and do not need to rip off the system ... they are doing this because its easy money for them and they are plain greedy..
They use the centrelink payment as "play money" but i never see the kids in nice clothes .
I used to turn a blind eye to it, but i don't think i can do this anymore.
DH brings home $500 per week and centrelink pay me $300 per fortnight (FTB A&B and a little parenting payment).
We are doing it tough while i'm off work (maternity leave) but our bills and mortgage get paid, and we don't have much left over but i still don't rip off the system.
Should i tell centrelink????...
BTW - I'm not jealous that they have the extra money and they have got away with it for almost 5 years now .... I would hate to be in their shoes!.