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Single Mum Centrelink Articles

Here you will find the latest Single Mum Australia Centrelink Articles regarding the single mother pension (aka single parenting payment, parent payment single, single parent pension, etc.), Centrelink Newstart payment, Family Tax Benefits (FTB Part A & B), single parent funding, single parent grants, single parent supplements, Centrelink single parent allowances and any other Centrelink payments for single parents.

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The Big Six 2018 Centrelink changes single parents need to know
Jason Bryce | 17 December 2017

Single mums face a crackdown on benefits in 2018 and thousands of struggling families will have to survive on less cash next year... more...

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Seven big changes to family and child care benefits
Jason Bryce | 25 March 2017

After four years of political manoeuvring, an amazing, heartfelt impassioned speech by single mother and independent senator Jacqui Lambie signalled the passage, finally, of the government's Omnibus Savings Bill... more...

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Centrelink Family Tax Benefits saved
Jason Bryce | 14 February 2017

Family Tax Benefit supplements saved - but what now for child care benefits?... more...

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Centrelink Family Tax Benefits update
Jason Bryce | 9 February 2017

A concerted and determined three year campaign from single mums, the welfare lobby, the Greens, unions and Labor has saved the heart of Family Tax Benefits... more...

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Centrelink debt - 5 ways to avoid being branded a welfare cheat
Jason Bryce | 3 February 2017

Single parents targeted by Centrelinks robo-debt - here are five ways to avoid being branded a welfare cheat... more...

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Centrelink 2017 cuts single parents should know about
Jason Bryce | 12 January 2017

By now, you will have read that there are plenty of Centrelink changes that will mean a lot less money for you and your family in 2017. What you may not realise is that single parents more...

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Centrelink Family Payment Cuts Are Back
Jason Bryce | 6 November 2016

You thought the 2014 FTB cuts were dead but they're back. Like the zombies of Hollywood, these are the big Abbott government family payment cuts that squarely target single mums. They were never implemented, but they just won't die more...

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Are you living in poverty and don't even know it?
Jason Bryce | 18 October 2016

Single parents just get on with the job of feeding the kids and looking after business. But did you know that you may actually be living in poverty, and you don't even know it more...

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Young mums at the frontline of new Centrelink 'revolution'
Jason Bryce | 22 September 2016

The Turnbull government has announced "a new approach aiming to revolutionise the welfare system." The new approach will target three 'at-risk' groups - young single parents, young carers and young students more...

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Family Tax Benefit cuts - are you losing money?
Jason Bryce | 14 September 2016

Family Tax Benefits are a key battleground for the government as it searches for budget savings. Some cuts and changes have already been legislated. Others have been proposed since 2014. Now a new deal between treasurer more...

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10 government cuts that you didn't know about
Jason Bryce | 8 September 2016

You have heard of Malcolm Turnbull's Omnibus Savings Bill that cuts family tax benefits - but you probably haven't heard about these ten other cutbacks to government spending that could hit your family's finances hard more...

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The essential single parent guide to tax time
Jason Bryce | 8 July 2016

Tax return time - what to do if you are on a Centrelink pension or receiving part-time income - you may still need to complete a more...

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When will I get my Schoolkids Bonus?
Jason Bryce | 26 June 2016

The last instalment of your Schoolkids Bonus. Low income families with two high school aged children will lose $1,712 in income next year more...

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Budget 2016 for single parents - 6 things you need to know
Jason Bryce | 5 May 2016

Six things every single mum needs to know about Scott Morrison's budget (plus one other very important government cut-back affecting your children) more...

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule is Closing Staff | 4 May 2016

The government has announced that they will end the Child Dental Benefits Schedule on the 1st of July this year, 2016 more...

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Centrelink welfare cuts - government targets single parents again
Jason Bryce | 28 February 2016

Single parents and other low income families with teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old stand to lose $48 per week if proposed cuts to Family Tax Benefit Part B are passed by the Senate more...

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When will I get my Schoolkids Bonus?
Jason Bryce | 24 December 2015

After two years of political wrangling in the senate, the Liberal government has finally got its way and abolished the Schoolkids Bonus – but not until next year! more...

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Centrelink Eftpos Card passes the Senate
Jason Bryce | 14 October 2015

Despite some massive loopholes, problems and community opposition, income management for Centrelink recipients has passed into law more...

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Will parliament pass Tony Abbott's cashless welfare card for parents and the unemployed?
Jason Bryce | 19 August 2015

Contrary to media reports, Labor has not yet decided whether to support the government's Healthy Welfare Card plans. The Greens are expected to oppose the Healthy Welfare Card laws more...

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First trial towns for Healthy Welfare card announced
Jason Bryce | 10 July 2015

The government has revealed the first handful of trial communities for the new Healthy Welfare income management Centrelink debit cards more...

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Schoolkids Bonus payment date information
Jason Bryce | 28 June 2015

The School Kids Bonus is $211 per child at primary school and $421 per child at high school, paid in January and July. The Schoolkids Bonus payment date is Thursday 2 July to Thursday 16 July 2015 more...

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Meet Joe Hockey's "welfare-rich" single mums
Jason Bryce | 24 May 2015

Single mums are angry and insulted by comments from the treasurer Joe Hockey. Some mothers say he has got his facts completely wrong and doesn't understand how to manage a family more...

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The complete single parent's guide to Budget 2015
Jason Bryce | 14 May 2015

Joe Hockey's budget wants to cut thousands of dollars from single parents yearly income by more...

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Has the government declared war on stay at home mums?
Jason Bryce | 11 May 2015

The government is facing a storm of criticism about its family support priorities. The Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, has denied that his new child care and family tax benefit policies discriminate against single parents or parents staying at home to care for kids more...

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Update on the future of Family Tax Benefit Part B
Jason Bryce | 6 May 2015

Since our story was published two days ago, Labors Families and Payments spokesperson Jenny Macklin has been hit with a flood of emails and phone calls from parents worried about losing Family Tax Benefit Part B more...

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Which families are losing their Family Tax Benefits?
Jason Bryce | 5 May 2015

In another major financial blow to families, Family Tax Benefits are being slashed from 1 July 2015 more...

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Shock poll verdict on Centrelink income management
Jason Bryce | 3 May 2015

If you think you are a responsible parent and you wont be income managed, think again more...

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Parenting Payment & Newstart Recipient Income-Management Poll
Jason Bryce | 5 April 2015

Vote now on the governments new income management plan & we will pass on your views to the government more...

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Single parent anger over Centrelink income-management trial
Jason Bryce | 31 March 2015

Thousands of single parents are angry and confused about income management. Tony Abbott's Healthy Welfare card plan will place severe restrictions how parents can use their own money more...

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Centrelink Single parent income-management trial
Jason Bryce | 26 March 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbotts government thinks single parents and unemployed people cant be trusted with their own money so more...

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Is the single parent pension about to be abolished?
Jason Bryce | 06 March 2015

Centrelinks different pensions and payments should be streamlined into just five primary payments according to the radical new government plan. Single parents more...

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The 2015 Schoolkids Bonus Guide
Jason Bryce | 01 January 2015

Has the Schoolkids Bonus been changed, abolished or limited? And what is the good news for parents in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia? All your questions are answered here more...

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A single parent guide to January 1st Centrelink & Medicare changes
Jason Bryce | 21 December 2014

Have you been wondering what happened to Joe Hockey's budget from May 2014? Well, some of the big changes to Medicare and Centrelink pensions and benefits more...

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The top ten 2014 Budget cuts you didn't know about
Jason Bryce | 8 June 2014

Single parent must-know Budget cuts you were probably not aware of - if you are not afraid of the Budget, you will be after you read this Budget breakdown of all the 2014 Budget cuts and Budget changes from Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey more...

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Budget 2014 - Will I lose Family Tax Benefit Part B? | 15 May 2014

The new Budget has struck fear into the hearts of many single parents, with huge financial hits - however we have unearthed some small good news for you - or for some single parents, at least more...

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Single Parent Federal Budget Guide
Jason Bryce | 15 May 2014

Your guide to the 2014 Federal Budget - spoiler alert - you may be $10K worse off next year...FTB cuts, Bulk-Billing lost, Parenting Payment Single and Family Tax Benefits frozen.....single parents told - Now it is our turn to contribute more...

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10 Stories of Single Mothers premier | 31 March 2014

10 Stories of Single Mothers is a collaborative production of several organisations, and was filmed to highlight the plight of single mothers and their children moved from Parenting Payment Single to Newstart Allowance when their youngest child turns eight years old more...

School kids Bonus Poll results...

Schoolkids Bonus Poll Results
Jason Bryce | 01 January 2013

The Poll results are in: Tony Abbott believes that Aussie parents blow their Schoolkids Bons. We polled over 1,000 parents to find out what they really are spending their Schoolkids Bonus on - and the results may shock you more...

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Schoolkids Bonus Poll
Jason Bryce | 23 December 2013

Have your say with our one-question survey - what do you spend your Schoolkids Bonus on? more...

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Will the School Kids Bonus be paid in 2014? Find out here...
Jason Bryce | 15 December 2013

Newstart Income Support Bonus also under threat - Tony Abbotts government will pay the School Kids Bonus next month because the legislation to kill off the popular cash payment has been successfully held up by a coalition of Labor and Greens senators more...

Single mother family payments article...

Single parents to Tony Abbott: Don't leave us behind
Jason Bryce | 05 December 2013

Families have a right to be concerned about the new government and what it may mean for their benefits and payments. The Abbott government has a very different focus in mind for family payments more...

Single parent Newstart article...

The Liberal Party on single parents: past, present and future
Philip Mendes | 02 October 2013

For more than 30 years, the Liberal Party has promoted hostility towards the welfare state and welfare recipients. This animus reflects two distinct ideological perspectives: a neo-liberal concern to cut government, reduce social expenditure and enhance individual autonomy, and a social conservatism that aims to punish the bad behaviour of welfare-reliant individuals who allegedly refuse to conform to mainstream values such as self-reliance and the work ethic more...

Single parent Budget 2013 article...

Australian Single Parent Budget report 2013
Jason Bryce | 16 May 2013

Single parents who have been campaigning against being moved to Newstart have been bitterly disappointed by the lack of response from government. A small improvement in the Newstart income taper is among a handful of small changes that will benefit a minority of the almost one million single parents in Australia more...

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Greens Introduce Bill To Increase Newstart
Senator Rachel Siewert | 28 April 2013

With the Federal Budget almost here, many of us will be waiting to see if the Government changes its unfair approach towards some of the most vulnerable people in our community, including the 84,000 single parents recently moved to Newstart Allowance more...

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Single Parents Action Group Rally
Barbara Bryan | 10 February 2013

Single Parents stood up all around Australia this week to unite in protest against being forced off the Parent Payment Single (PPS) and onto the lesser Newstart Allowance. The Australian Government's recent controversial move to force all remaining "grandfathered" (pre-2006) Parent Payment Single recipients onto Newstart (when their youngest child turns eight years old) has been met with single parent outcries all over the country more...

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Good news for single mums on the dole
Jason Bryce | 02 February 2013

What good news could there possibly be for families who have lost hundreds of dollars per fortnight for the sake of Wayne Swan's now abandoned promise of a federal budget surplus in 2013? Yes, single parents are turning to prostitution or despairing about how they can support their children more...

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Single Parent Families Forced Onto Newstart And Into Poverty
Dr Elspeth McInnes AM | 30 January 2013

The January 2013 policy changes pushing single parents onto Newstart Allowance has been justified as a way to motivate parents to get work. This justification amounts to empty spin when the details are unpicked. Economists usually attribute motivation for people to do something through being rewarded. In this case the public is asked to believe that increasing the financial penalties of working will motivate people to work more more...

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How The New Centrelink Newstart Changes Affect You
Jason Bryce | 21 November 2012

From 1 January 2013, all single parents whose youngest child is turning eight or more will lose their eligibility for Parenting Payment Single. Single parents are making a big $728 million contribution to the federal government’s budget surplus plans. That equals a loss of income of $60 to $140 per fortnight for thousands of single mums more...

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Complaints about Centrelink and Child support
Jason Bryce | 9 July 2012

  • How to complain to Centrelink or the Child Support Agency
  • The five biggest issues that infuriate parents about the Child Support Agency
  • About ten per cent of calls to the Centrelink tip-off line involve single mothers
  • Sometimes Centrelink puts mothers under surveillance

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Single Parents Guide To The 2012 Federal Budget
Jason Bryce | 9 May 2012

More cash for kids - but single mums could lose $60pw. Wayne Swan’s 2012 federal budget, delivered yesterday, pumps money into millions of middle income families but takes money from the poorest single parent families more...

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Child support, income tests and Centrelink cause stress for single mums
Jason Bryce | 15 February 2012

Among the most stressful tasks facing a single mum is asking for and collecting child support from their ex-husband more...

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Hundreds of thousands of single mums reap windfall in payments
Single Mum Australia Exclusive!

Jason Bryce, Business & Finance Specialist

A historic change has been made to family payments and it is now delivering thousands of dollars to millions of teenagers. Plus other big increases and changes to eligibility for scholarships and ancillary benefits have now come into effect. more...

What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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