I would just like to find out if anyone else has been messed around by Centrelink with regards to Paid Parental Leave. I filled in the form after bubs was born, he is now 3.5 months old and I still haven't received a cent. I have been liasing with Centrelink for months now, constantly being told incorrect information ie: they will get in touch with my employer (initially I elected for the pay to come from the FAO so that my employer did not have to be bothered with it, however they decided to change this to not make it an option). Two weeks ago I went into Medicare as I was sick of constantly being put on hold or getting the engaged signal everytime I phoned Centrelink. I spoke to a lady from Centrelink who told me that they had 'done everything their end, and were waiting for my employer to confirm that I work for them'. I was so angry I nearly flipped out right there in the Medicare office with my screaming newborn and bored toddler nagging at me. So I spoke to my employer after being told that someone would contact her THAT DAY and of course they didn't, and she said she knew nothing about it and she had filled in everything they had asked of her online. In the end it turned out to be a 'manual glitch' in their system meaning my employer had to simply sign a form THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE PROVIDED WEEKS AGO! I am still waiting to receive my pay!
Why is it so easy for 'some people' to recieve benefits so easily, and for me, someone who has worked since I was 14 and never claimed anything I have to jump through hoops? The system is ridiculous. Apologies for my rant but I feel a bit better now