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    Quote Originally Posted by White Mage View Post
    $123 a fortnight is laughable really.. considering an appointment for a specialist can be more then that.
    It doesn't even cover our petrol to get the appointments once a fortnight haha

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    Centrelink is a joke carers payment should be paid even if your spouse works... Not just allowance! We are at home looking After these kids.

    My dd told me today that she picks her fingers because DS makes her sad and scared

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    Quote Originally Posted by monnie24 View Post
    Centrelink is a joke carers payment should be paid even if your spouse works... Not just allowance! We are at home looking After these kids.

    My dd told me today that she picks her fingers because DS makes her sad and scared
    That carers pensions or whatever it is. I didn't even know it existed, so while hubby earned well under the threshold for years, we never got it. I only found out about it last year since hubby's pay has gone up haha. Typical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahalfdozen View Post
    That carers pensions or whatever it is. I didn't even know it existed, so while hubby earned well under the threshold for years, we never got it. I only found out about it last year since hubby's pay has gone up haha. Typical.
    We just fit under the requirement like$70.

    And even still it really isn't a hell of a lot. But I guess in this world every little helps I suppose.

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    Default Awesome Mums of Autistic kids-how many of us are there (#3)????????

    Quote Originally Posted by White Mage View Post
    We just fit under the requirement like$70.

    And even still it really isn't a hell of a lot. But I guess in this world every little helps I suppose.
    We weren't really getting much from Centrelink at the time. They decided I had some debt to pay, couldn't tell me what it was for, but reduced my carers allowance to $6 a fortnight and it was the only payment I was getting. My husband was working a $700 a week job and we got stuck in a lease that was $470 per week (well and truly away from that now!!), so we were really struggling. I ended up having to draw from super for financial hardship just so we could eat. So I'm sure anything they could have given me would have helped.

    We're not as irresponsible as that sounds. We moved into the house when hubby was earning a lot more but lost that job and then he picked up a job at a real estate as an agent and they were supposed to pay him the base rate ($700) and commissions on top but we never saw a cent from any of the houses he sold. So we started slowly drowning. When we moved into the house, the verbal agreement was for $370 a week, but we had already started moving our stuff in when it went up so couldn't really change our mind. It is owned by my mother and father.
    Last edited by Ahalfdozen; 01-10-2016 at 08:54.

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    I understand your feelings very well.
    I have made some serious sacrafices since the boys were diagnosed. We don't drive, I was in the middle of learning to do so. Once the therapies and such started to pile up, I could no longer do lessons. SO we haven't been able to do that for years now. I even have a car that is pretty dead now.
    We don't go anywhere, not because of being car-less, but short on money.
    We are trying to save for a house to make more space for DS2 and his therapy equipment. When he started Gymnastics last term I was happy because it technically was seen as Occupational Therapy, so it felt justified.

    Everything else though, is on the back burner unless we save several months in advance.

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    We're lucky we have it pretty good now. Hubby got a decent paying job again and we live on his works property (they own our street) so our rent is basically nothing and comes out before his pay. It has made a huge difference.
    We are currently saving our deposit for a camper trailer which is being built. It's going to be the most effective way for us to holiday with 4 kids.

    At the moment, our son only needs Speech, OT and psych, and the HCWA is able to cover that for the moment. But travel there is expensive, and doing it all in one day is getting a bit much so we are hoping once we get the camper, we can just use it as accommodation, so we can stay overnight near the therapists and have a more relaxed day.

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    1st day of school! 1st day of school! *dances*

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    Woo hoo school. If u goto a local community centre etc someone might be able to help with lessons @White Mage I'm not sure on your earnings either but even Centrelink just say you want to return to work but haven't been able to get a job due to having no licence this would be through a job network. I am about to get a few 'free' lessons then discounted.

    We have just been slammed with Centrelink debt. We have about 20k debt personal for paying for DS stuff while on Centrelink. I'm in such a rut I need to find a job. I am looking at refinancing the house as I'm getting anxiety with all these credit card bills. I just don't have time to sit down and look at things. I have even thought about selling our house as its interstate. I don't know what to do!

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    I know a lot of parents looking forward to school today!
    DD actually thrives on the holidays so I am dreading the long term.


 

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