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    Cool Husband moving back home and centerlink payments being cut?

    Hi, really hoping someone can help me to understand my Centerlink issue. I have read online that Centerlink allows one 14 days to inform them about changes such as a partner moving back. That said, my husband moved back on Sunday and I can only go and see them on Thursday to let them know.

    What happens with the payments that are due to come to me this week? will they ask me to return because he has been here two days so far? Will I be fined in anyway? I think I don't understand the 14-day thing properly .

    Also, what will happen with my concession cards on prescriptions? I get assistance with my power bill now that he back will I be getting a shocking high bill instead? that isn't fair. I wonder if I will have to take a reading or if they just leave it until after the next bill which is due sometime before Christmas.

    Thanks for reading, hope you can help.

    Cheers

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    Default Husband moving back home and centerlink payments being cut?

    Hi, when I moved back with my partner in April I didn't go in straight away. I think it was right on the 14 day mark and I had received a payment between that. They didn't ask me anything about it or to pay anything back. All they wanted to know was when we started living together so they could document it. Also with concession cards they will send you out a letter anweek or so after you make the claim letting you know if or when your card expires. The power bill I'm not sure about but I wouldn't stress too much. You could always contact the company after your next bill and let them know?
    Don't stress though you aren't doing anything wrong x

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    Ring them up. You don't need to go in to tell them - just ring and tell them.

    You MAY end up with an overpayment, but chances are they'll cut your single parenting payment (I'm assuming that's what you're getting now) and then you'll have to reapply for the parenting payment partnered (if your child is young enough for that). If you end up with an overpayment, you can just opt to have the repayment amounts deducted from your regular CEntrelink payments and pay it off slowly that way.

    You will lose your Pension card, but if his income is quite low too, you may be entitled to a Health Care Card which will help with prescription medications, it just won't help with transport or anything.

    I have no idea about the electricity though, sorry.

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    Hi, I work with the Department of Human Services in a team that responds to questions about Centrelink payments and services on social media sites like this one. If you notify us of your change in circumstances within 14 days you should not be penalised in any way and the payment you receive this week should not be affected. With regards to your concession card, SassyMummy is right, you may be eligible for a Health Care Card or a Low Income Health Care Card depending on your individual circumstances.

    I'd strongly suggest calling the Families line on 136 150 to discuss your situation and your options (calling just after 8am is the best time to call for shorter wait times).

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    Thank you Ingrid, being penalized has worried me. I am going in on Friday after work to tell Centrelink. I tried calling on Monday but gave up holding on after 12 minutes. This was also from my office phone.

    I am still driving to work at 08:00 otherwise I will remember that


 

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