Just putting in my two cents about a delay of centrelink payments. I put my paperwork in the week after my son was born, both the hard copy and the online forms. I had 14 weeks of maternity leave from my work to get through first. The way I worked it, my work maternity leave should have finished and then ppl kick in the next pay cycle. I had rung centrelink so many times to check on it and was always told it was being processed and blah blah blah. Maternity leave finished and I waited an extra 2.5 MONTHS to get my ppl. That was 2.5 months with no income! And then, a completely separate rant, but I put in my paperwork for ccb/cbr a month before my son started cc. He had been there for 1.25 months before my claim was processed and the centre received any money for his placement. Meanwhile another mum I know put her claim in a week an a half before her LO started daycare and it was all sorted by the time her son started. How bogus is it!