After separating from my husband earlier in the year, I was surprised to find out that I would be receiving less in FTB-A and Rental Assistance than I was when I was partnered.
The reason given for this was that I should now be receiving child support from my ex.
However, with the child support and my income together, my total income was still quite a bit less than our household income when we were together, yet my payments were reduced.
I have 100% of care.
I have tripled checked this all with Centrelink and it is correct.
Rental Assistance - Partnered $145.18
Rental Assistance - Single $123.20
FTB Part A - Partnered $344.40
FTB Part A - Single $308.98
So I have two questions;
1. Why does child support affect payments more than regular income?
2. Why would a single parent need less rental assistance and FTB-A than a two parent family?