I do think it's fair. Do people expect to stay on benefits forever I wonder? Once your youngest starts school I think it's fair that one can expect less centrelink payments and be expected to return to work. And there are lots of employment alternatives around and it may mean being prepared to do something different or unexpected. I am working 3 jobs at the moment, all of which are different fields of work than the fulltime position I return to in August but it was a matter of needing to earn some extra money until then, I was prepared to do anything.