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    Default Centrelink for single mums?

    Can anyone tell what the average fortnightly payments are for a single mum of two kids, 8 year old and due in jan. not sure if I am strong enough yet to face centrelink.

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    sorry i can't help you, just wanted to send hugs and hope that it all works out for you

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    I can tell you that until your second baby is physically born you will only be classed as a mum of one. You will be able to claim parenting payment single, Family tax a and B. Most likely some rent assistance, phone and pharmacy allowance.

    You can do an estimate through the Centrelink site and it's pretty accurate. Will you be getting child support? Cause that effects it too. Remember that centrelink will reduce your payments based on the estimated child support amount you are supposed to receive, wether you physically get it or not.

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    I am fairly certain that the Single Parenting Payment ceases once your child hits 6 or 7, so for an 8-year-old you would probably go onto Newstart Allowance instead, which is a fair bit lower than the SPP. Once your baby is born, you would be able to claim SPP, but it doesn't count for a thing until SPP, except that you should be able to cease looking for employment (a requirement of Newstart I believe - it's just the adult version of Youth Allowance) 6 weeks before your due date.

    You'd also be eligible for FTB A and B and probably Child Care Benefit if you used it, as well as Rent Assistance if you fit the criteria.

    Give Centrelink a call and arrange and appointment ASAP.

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    Thanks for all the advice guys.

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    Hi, I’m Ingrid and I work with the Department of Human Services in a team that responds to questions about Centrelink payments and services on social media sites like this one. Just thought I'd add a little more info to what others have already posted.

    As Izy and SassyMummy mentioned, you may be eligible for Family Tax Benefit A and B, depending on your circumstances. You can find more detailed information about things like eligibility and payment rates here: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit-part-a-part-b

    As Izy also mentioned, you can also get an estimate. To calculate how much you may receive you can use one of the calculators located here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/estimators. There is an option to 'Estimate both Centrelink and Family Assistance rates together' - fill in the details and it will give you an estimate of what you may be entitled to.

    You may also be eligible for Paid Parental Leave or the Baby Bonus. The Paid Parental Leave scheme allows eligible working parents to get 18 weeks of government funded Parental Leave Pay at the rate of the National Minimum Wage (currently $606.50 before tax). The Baby Bonus is currently $5,000 per eligible child and is paid in 13 fortnightly instalments (please note, amounts correct at date of posting). Parental Leave Pay and Baby Bonus can't be paid for the same child. You can lodge a claim online 3 months before your due date, but your claim can't be finalised until after your child is born and you have formally registered the birth.

    If you're after more specific information about what you would be eligible for, I would recommend calling the Families line on 136 150 (just after 8am is best to avoid wait times). Hope that helps.

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    Wow thank you.


 

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