I have a bit of a problem that I'm assuming someone here has been through that might be able to give me a bit of advice, or even clarification.. I'm very frustrated with centerlink at the moment.
Not long before Christmas, I made the decision to separate from my husband, but to complicate things a little further, we live with my parents. He only works part-time at the moment, and I'm looking for work to fit around my daughters school routine, its proving a little difficult. Anyhow, we're separated. Centerlink don't see us as separated while we're living under the same roof, although I did speak to a very helpful man on the phone this morning that told me that there is a piece of paper I can fill out that's called something like "separated but living under the same roof" or some jazz like that. He was very honest and open about it and said that hardly any applications get passed, and that it's VERY hard to prove there is no relationship while living under the one roof, and that centerlink make it VERY difficult, and the likelyhood of being accepted for such an application is slim.
I feel very stuck. I'm separated, but centerlink won't acknowledge so until one of us have a new dwelling. Right now, he can't afford to move out because he's working part-time and is due to have surgery sometime soon so will be out of commission for some time. *I* can't move out yet, because finding full time work that I can do while still being able to pick up my daughter from school etc is difficult and is taking some time. But I can't rely on him for income. He works 20 hours a week, I have my own bills to pay, he has his, and although he'd still help out with our bills etc, we will be living separate lives and it's unfair of me to rely on his pay like we usually do to pay our loans etc.
I don't see how I'm supposed be able to afford to move out, pay rent, pay all of our bills, and THEN be eligible to apply for single parenting payment. I guess I understand that it would seem rather suss for to people to live under the one roof, but surely we're not the only ones who have decided its best to stay put at least for a few weeks or a couple of months and co-parent out daughter until one of us can AFFORD to move.
I'm so stuck in limbo and I'm getting very frustrated that to centerlink, I'm not partnered, but I'm not single either. FRUSTATED.
Have any of you ladies done the whole separated but living under the same roof thing and successfully applied for SPP, or am I really doomed until I DO find a full-time job and get out, THEN be able to apply for SPP?
If you can't tell, I'm frustrated .. It's not about not working and bludging.. It's about being able to actually survive and support myself until I'm able to find work that fits in with our life routine.