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    thought i would put in a quick update for any unsuspecting mums out there - i have been advised by centrelink they are approx 2 months behind in paying out the maternity leave payments. i have completed the online form but can't do the next lot of paperwork until bubs is born but have been advised there is a two month wait from that time. since they don't bother to communicate that anywhere i thought i would put up a quick post incase anyone is wondering where their money might be...

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    Lisa, that's really troubling that there could be a 2 month delay. People are relying on that in lieu of wages.

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    Good ol' CL. Stuffing up as usual. They always seem to have this blaise attitude towards clients like oh well you can wait. Like somehow if you are in recieipt of some kind of govt payment/entitlement that you just have to lump it bc it's a 'handout'.

    PPL parents aren't getting the BB. 2 months is a loong time without any assistance and the idea that eligibility is complex is rubbish. You must have worked more than 4 hours a week for the prescribed amount of time and prove you've had a baby, anything else doesn't matter. You get a flat amount for a set amount of payments. It's not rocket science

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    Haven't read all replies, but my child care benefit claim took 11 weeks to process (lodged end of Dec 2011). I know it's not the same as PPL, but every time I called up about it I was told they had like 70,000 claims waiting to be processed and things were taking longer than usual.

    Back when I got my PPL it took 4 weeks and that was around the time the automated Centrelink phone message said claims were taking longer because of Queensland floods. Back then I only spent on average 10 mins on hold - now its 30-40 mins!

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    i have actually put in a complaint because the reason i got is "that they do not have enough staff to process the lengthy applications". i find that to be an absolute joke of an excuse and clearly from this thread alone this is not new, this has been going on for a very long time. i won't feel right if i just sit back and take that as an excuse. they have advised that you can call up after three weeks and claim hardship if you need to and "they may then pay it out". we may be ok to work through this time but what concerns me is that in two months this wait could end up blowing out to three months - makes it pretty hard to budget... now i know why i have worked all my life for a living - just sad that when you do actually need some assistance that this is how you are repaid....

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    Gosh this thread is depressing going to take some serious planning on my behalf to last even a month without income so not looking forward to explaining to my landlord that I could end up several months behind in my rent because centrelink are slack and are taking upwards of 12 weeks to process ppl claims. I'm due in July and can only imagine how the time frame might blow out over winter.

    Ppl is a great idea but I don't think the government really thought through the logistics of running the program.

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    This is scaring the crap out of me !!!

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    sorry ladies, don't mean to freak you out but at least if you have as much prior warning as possible it may help you out a little more. clearly centrelink don't bother to give you that prior warning. i will let you know how i go with the complaint - i plan on taking it to the commonwealth ombudsman if not happy with the response, which i can almost guarantee.....

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    My PPL is now over but I got a lump sum Payment 14 weeks after I lodged my claim and then fortnightly pay for the last 2 weeks. (such a pita). After 10 weeks I went into Medicare with my 2 babies and broke down crying- we had no money. A lady at Medicare/family assistance got really angry that I had waited so long and got me the ph number for the internal ppl team manager. She called me within 2 hours and voila payment made to my work within 4 days- but of course missed the pay run deadline so I had to wait another 2.5 weeks for my money. Good luck to all who are still waiting- financially it made us 250 better off after tax/loss of ftb b etc therefore for any future babies I will be going straight baby bonus. Not worth the tears/hours on hold/hours in family assistance.

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    what an absolute disgrace! unfortunately it sounds like the baby bonus wait time is just the same. still haven't heard back from my complaint so plan on going to the ombudsman this week to lodge a complaint with them. (i write this now as i sit on hold to centrelink just to provide them with a tax file number, look forward to seeing how long the wait time is just to do that - apparently you can't do this online...) will keep you ladies posted.


 

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