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    Our situation is no way near as bad as some of you guys

    But we do rely on FTB to make ends meet so if it is reduced I will have to look for work immediately which would involve moving DD from her community preschool to daycare and stopping some volunteer work I am doing.. which will mean someone else has to do it etc.

    Our household income is quite a bit under $100k so we might be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleLove View Post
    Unfortunately yes, I am on the disability support pension so this ridiculous new budget is going to be a huge issue.

    It took 3 years of constant fights, interviews, mountains of paper work and extreme stress to get approved all because I have what is classified as a "rare" illness and centre links Dr's did not know what it was, so they deemed it obviously didn't exist even though my 42 specialists were all writing and calling them to explain they just did not want to know and refused to believe it because I look "normal"

    I can't even explain how incredibly stressed I am right now at having to go through that process alllll over again.

    I just wish they took the time to educate themselves about unusual and rare illnesses before they put me through the ringer once again!

    I am ALL for weeding out the bludgers who fake things to get $$ but honestly I don't even think its possible that they could manage to get gov support when the ones who Desperately need it aren't getting it.
    Its such a massive process to get approval when you are the real deal I just don't think there would be too many people approved in the first place that are fake?

    Sorry! Rant over. lol
    My Father is on DSP for a legitimate illness too, and I also wonder how on earth people would manage to obtain it fraudulently! It is very tightly managed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
    ZE have you ever looked at applying for FAHCSIA funding for your son? Those bills are enormous and if you qualify for it it would help you greatly. Apologies if this question is inappropriate.


    Me + DH = DS1 (6), DS2 (2) and #3 due September 8th
    We missed out on the funding for ds#1 as he turned 6, 3 weeks prior to his dx. And we had the funding for ds#2 but its used. There are some medicare stuff we can use (5 sessions at a reduced rate per child per financial year) the rest is used.

    Going to be trying to access some more funds from life without barriers they might be able to help with another 5 sessions

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    I have a rare illness too ( and am now being investigated for another not common illness) - took 13 years to diagnose- so I hear you!(Yours does sound even more rare than mine though!).

    I disagree about the drunks on welfare. I believe alcoholism is a disease- but even if someone didn't agree or subscribe to the theory - what is he alternative? Homeless alcoholics? I know that alcoholics and drug addicts qualify for Disability pension- with no requirement attached. I don't agree with that, I would rather see, something where they still qualify for disability - but they need to enrol and complete rehab as a part of that, and they need to remain sober etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleLove View Post
    I know 42 sounds abit OTT but that's the joy of having a rare illness. not one of them knows what to do with me lol!
    I am glad centrelinks being looked into as their are a lot of people getting payments that should/could be out working and prefer to be drunk on the streets and get paid for it... but I think its absolutely ridiculous that they started off re assessing the people on DSP as they are the ones who desperately need it!

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    We have never received anything except this year I had to go to centrelink for the first time to get my centrelink number to get the child care rebate as DS is in pre school now 2 days a week - if something were to happen to DH we'd be in big trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I have a rare illness too ( and am now being investigated for another not common illness) - took 13 years to diagnose- so I hear you!(Yours does sound even more rare than mine though!).

    I disagree about the drunks on welfare. I believe alcoholism is a disease- but even if someone didn't agree or subscribe to the theory - what is he alternative? Homeless alcoholics? I know that alcoholics and drug addicts qualify for Disability pension- with no requirement attached. I don't agree with that, I would rather see, something where they still qualify for disability - but they need to enrol and complete rehab as a part of that, and they need to remain sober etc.
    Ah. Yes. sorry! should have explained myself better. I don't have an issue with alcoholics etc being on payments as I too 100% understand its an illness. way too familiar with that in my family to disagree! Although I agree their needs to be better guidelines and support like rehab for those suffering to help them get back up and functioning instead of just funding their addiction.

    what I meant was the drop kick kids (although they are not really kids anymore!) that live around where I grew up. I know SO many people who left school, went straight on the dole, spend every day partying and drinking like they are billionaires whilst tax payers fund their lifestyles. it frustrates me to no end as its just a lifestyle choice for them!
    They honestly spend every day doing whatever they want and being paid for it.

    Obviously doesn't apply to everyone on the dole, there are a HUGE amount of genuine people who need a helping hand but my hometown just seems to be filled with dropkicks rorting the system.

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    We get CCR but aren't dependent on it so chose to get it as a lump sum. If they do something with the pharmaceutical benefits I'm in trouble though as my medication costs about $1600 a month.

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    We get CCR and minimal CCB & FTB.

    It wouldnt matter if they scrapped ftb over 100k but if they changed the CCR then I would have to reconsider working which would put us under $100k easily.

    Currently I pay 1000k/fn for 2 kids 3 days a week before CCR. I earn $1500/fn. I'm not working for $50/day after tax and childcare. Is rather quit and keep my kids home with me. Or I would look into minding other peoples kids on my days off whilst they look after mine when I work.

    I have no issue with FTB brought down from it's threshold of 176k to $100-120k. But to scrap it completely it's idiotic. Esp as petrol is getting a whole new tax as is doctor visits. Thankfully my family is generally healthy and I get free pathology/scans thru work.

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