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    Default Can I claim centrelink PPL if my employer pays maternity leave?

    HiDoes anyone know, I am a Public Service employee and get 18 weeks maternity leave at full pay from my employer. HR told me I should also see if I can get anything from Centrelink. It seems from what I read online that I can also claim the Centrelink 18 weeks PPL. Does anyone know? Thanks.

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    Yes! I did exactly that when bub was born. Got maternity leave from my employer and PPL from centrelink.

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    i am i have 10 wks full pay and 4 wks annual leave on top of ppl 18 wks. I have asked work to pay the 10 wks at half pay so i will get paid 42 weeks worth and will use the extra savings i kept for bub or emergencies for the last few months.



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    I have 6 weeks full pay from employer, over 440 hours holiday I can use and the 18 weeks which is at minimum wage

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    Sure can. I claimed 14 weeks parental leave from my employer, 4 weeks annual leave, 12 weeks long service leave and then the 18 weeks from centrelink.

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    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes my work also does part pay if you want. I was thinking of taking 32 weeks at half pay and supplementing it with the 18 weeks centrelink if I could. Thanks everyone! You've made me very happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambipickle View Post
    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yes my work also does part pay if you want. I was thinking of taking 32 weeks at half pay and supplementing it with the 18 weeks centrelink if I could. Thanks everyone! You've made me very happy.
    Check with HR my employer insisted I take theirs first

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    Yep like everyone else said. I'd also check with your employer to see whether they arrange the PPL for you (some do) or whether they want you to do it yourself.

    Sorry to sabotage the thread, but does anyone know if I can apply for the PPL if I no longer work for the company? Basically I'm on a contract which ends on 27th June. I go on maternity leave in May. Knowing my employer, I won't find out if my contract is going to be extended until after I'm already on leave (usually we don't find out till a week or two beforehand). I have worked for the company full-time for 3 years so I know I meet the work requirements, but I can't work out from their website whether or not you still have to be employed by the company. If I'm not eligible, is there anything else I can get from Centrelink? Unfortunately if my contract does not get extended I'll miss out on half of my paid maternity leave from work too, so any extra payments would be most helpful.

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    HeartStringz: You can still get the centrelink PPL. They will pay it to you directly instead of through your employer

    I wouldn't put the form in until after you know about your contract so you can be sure!

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    Ok thanks CatesBean! I just wasn't sure because if I no longer have a job then I'm not really on 'leave'.

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