I am entitled to paid maternity leave from my employer (government employer) for 14 weeks full pay. I am also entitled to Paid Parental Leave for 18 weeks from the government (Centrelink). I can either take these one after the other or at the same time. What should I do?
I thought if I take them at the same time, it would be like a double pay for 14 weeks, and this would give me a chance to to pay off some bills (save some money). Should I be looking at it this way, or should I take them one after another and take 30 or so weeks off and continue to struggle. I can't take time off without pay, due to financial situation. We currently have our rental house on the market, and if this sells then maybe I can have more time off work, but at this stage it is not an option as we have 2 mortgages and 2x all those expenses that go with those 2 houses and our rental property currently has not tennants, and not looking good!!
So questions is, do I take both lots of payments together to get "ahead" a bit and go back to work in August (Term 3 - school) (bub will be about 5 months old) or do I take a further couple of months off and continue to struggle? This is bub #3, and my mum will be looking after bubba when I go back to work. My hours are only 9-3 so I am not gone for long!!! My first 2 bubs I went back to work when they were 6 months old.
Tell me what you think, or if you are in a similar situation what would you do?