I am hoping for some clarification. At the beginning of the year I started a course in hopes of re-skilling after raising my daughter. I was living alone and receiveing Parenting Paymen Single, but had to move to study. As I couldn't find a house (rental market is BRUTAL!), I moved in with my boyfriend's mum, who has a 3 bed house to herself. After a month or so of living there, my boyfriend has his hours cut right back at work, and couldn't afford to live where he was, so he moved in with us.
I advised Centrelink of this, and was transferred to Austudy with FTB, at a SEVERELY reduced rate. As you can imagine, being forced into a living situation we hadn't really had a chance to discuss, things are proving stressful, and we're both struggling A LOT financially. Things are at breaking point (his mum wants us out- well, me at least ...) and therefore I am wanting to move out into my own place, but I'm worried they'll make me stay on Austudy and the reduced rate of FTB and I'll be just as, if not more broke. I'm also concerned they may think we are trying to scam the system.
Can anyone tell me whether I will be able to be transferred back to Parenting Payment, or if they will consider us a couple even if we're living apart?
Thanks In Advance!