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    Default Baby bonus and family assistance

    I'm asking it here since the FamilyAssist and Centrelink web site just makes my brain hurt.

    So the dumb question is this:
    1) As new parents, what are we entitled to?
    2) When and how do we apply for them?

    Thanks.

    Ka

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    I feel your pain. I'm looking at that right now and can't figure it out!

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    depends on your income and if you will receive baby bonus or paid parental leave

    then there is family tax benefit part A and part B which go on a varying scale depdendig on your combined income as a family ( part b is based on the lowest earner )

    go to this link http://www.centrelink.gov.au/interne...estimators.htm

    and it is a easy estimator

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    Thanks.
    I was just trying to read up on the baby bonus and their link went to a 404 (which means the site isn't even there).

    Nice.



    Anyway, better look into that Part A and B thing....

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    I agree it was difficult to really figure out what we were entitled to. We filled out our baby bonus firms 2 weeks ago and now we are waiting to hear back. My husband had a son from another marriage and we receive the family tax benefit for him when family assist can be bothered doing it. It's been 4 months and we still havnt received payment for the last financial year. We ring constantly to get "look we are really busy so you will have to wait". NOT HAPPY. We earn under 100k and with me about to go on may leave me are starting to get concerned.

    If I was good with words I'd start a business to help people fill out these forms understand your rights and entitlements.

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    Hi Broomer, I work at the Australian Government Department of Human Services in a team that responds to enquiries about Centrelink on social media sites like this one.

    There are several payments available for families, including Parenting Payment and Family Tax Benefit. Your eligibility for a payment can depend on a few variables, including your family income and assets and the age of your children. You should check out the online estimator here; http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/online-estimators. You can put in your family's circumstances and it will give you an idea of what you might be entitled to.

    You can make a claim for the Family Tax Benefit online. Once you've put in your details you'll be advised what paperwork you need to provide for your claim to be finalised. The time it takes to process depends on the complexity of the claim.

    There are also the Paid Parental Leave and the Baby Bonus schemes to assist with the cost of having a baby and taking time off work. The Paid Parental Leave scheme allows eligible working parents to get 18 weeks of government funded Parental Leave Pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage (currently $589.40 before tax).

    The Baby Bonus is currently $5,437 per eligible child and is paid in 13 fortnightly instalments. Parental Leave Pay and Baby Bonus can't be paid for the same child. If you meet the eligibility criteria for both payments, you can choose which payment is the best financial decision for your family. The Baby Bonus is not taxable. You can lodge a claim online 3 months before your due date, but your claim can't be finalised until after your child is born and you have formally registered the birth.

    For more info, the Families and Parents number is 13 6150. The customer service person will be able to discuss your options further with you.

    All the best.

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    Thanks Mariansm.
    I ended up just popping by Centrelink and the bloke at the desk was quite helpful (he gave me the number for Family Assist).
    I ended up calling the line and the other bloke was great.
    I think a lot of the stuff I needed would've been answered quickly if the site was a little bit more intuitive. To me, the site works fine if you understand the terminology and have the time to do the research, but for a bloke like me, I got to a certain stage and went... I better talk to someone about this.
    (There's a touch of irony to this).

    Anyway, thanks again.

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