Hi everyone, I am currently pregnant with bub number two, due in late june and have been figuring out whether to apply for the baby bonus or the paid parental leave.
I've spoken to Centrelink twice now and on both occassions got told different things.
I'm recently married with a 3 year old from a pervious relationship whom I get child support for. I only work part time 2/3 days a week between 15-25 hours. My husband is not a high income earner either. At the moment I am entitled to Family Tax Benefit A and rent assistance and an the odd occassion where neither of us work many hours I get the paid partner allowance.
Do you still get Family Tax A if you claim the paid parental leave?
I know the paid parental scheme only goes for 18 weeks but is roughly $9000 in total and the baby bonus is $5500 over 6 months..
Please don't think I'm sounding ungratful I'll be lucky to receive either, just trying to budget now and plan ahead for whats in the best interest of myself and my family.
Any help/advice would greatly be appreciated.
P.S- I've tried the online estimator and it told me the baby bonus will have me $147 infront but when talking on the phone to Centrelink the lady assurred me it would be in my best interest to claim the paid parental leave??? SO CONFUSED