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    Quote Originally Posted by babymummatobe View Post
    A friend of mine just received her first payment from Centrelink, her Bub is 2 weeks old tomorrow!
    So could go either way.
    Fingers crossed it's a quite time of year for processing these things

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    Mine wouldn't have taken so long if I'd taken the forms in myself. From memory I think they were the ones they give you in the hospital (hard to remember the newborn haze 4.5 years on!)? I mailed them in and they got lost - they were eventually found in another Centrelink office over an hour away :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankie46 View Post
    Mine wouldn't have taken so long if I'd taken the forms in myself. From memory I think they were the ones they give you in the hospital (hard to remember the newborn haze 4.5 years on!)? I mailed them in and they got lost - they were eventually found in another Centrelink office over an hour away :/
    You upload them online or take a photo and upload.

    No way would I go to the Centrelink office.

    OP - do you have the centrelink app? I found that the easiest to upload.

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    Definitely get the app and you just upload a photo of the proof of birth, quickest/safest way to do it I think mine was about 2 weeks doing it that way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankie46 View Post
    Yep, 10 weeks here too as Centrelink 'lost' my paperwork and I had to apply again :/ Just what you want to deal with as a first time parent with a newborn!
    Christ! That's infuriating when you're waiting around for the money! I did mine online and it's said it has been assessed so hopefully that prevents that from happening and speeds things up some.

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    Yup I have the app! Sounds like it is the way to go. 2 weeks post birth I'll be ringing them to plead my case. PPL is GREAT, especially for casuals like me with no access to employer maternity benefits, just needs a bit of a tweak I reckon. Some portion of it as a pre-bub leave etc.

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    Sounds like it's so much easier nowadays! I'm sure you won't have any troubles OP

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy444 View Post
    Yup I have the app! Sounds like it is the way to go. 2 weeks post birth I'll be ringing them to plead my case. PPL is GREAT, especially for casuals like me with no access to employer maternity benefits, just needs a bit of a tweak I reckon. Some portion of it as a pre-bub leave etc.
    I did mine on the app, it is a lot simpler than 2.5 years ago when I last did it. Unfortunately has not been that quick for me.
    I've already got DS's Medicare card, so they have managed to process it, just centrelink can't seem to keep up.

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    DS2 was born 11/7 I submitted 18/7 it was approved 3/8. I didn't start mine until 26/9 as I had paid holidays until then. First payment went in 11/10 and was backpaid to 26/9 and paid weekly by work as I'm on weekly

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy444 View Post
    4months AFTER birth! Yikes! Did you submit your form prior to the birth? Do you know what the hold up was? Did you receive FTA? It's minuscule though anyway?? so many questions lol
    Obviously your circumstances allowed you to do that, but we're a 2 income household! We'd be out on the street before the first payment haha. Really though, I can see it- I would spend the whole leave period off being completely stressed and frugal, finally get a lump sum back pay that hopefully restored some of the savings and putting back what we would need to redraw from the mortgage, and be off to work again.
    Yes, I submitted it before birth as soon as I was able.
    FTA?
    I don't know that 'allow' is the right word, we didn't have much choice.


 

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