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Centrelink Parent Benefits & Allowances
If you are in crisis and need money immediately, see the
Centrelink Crisis Payments page here
This is a comprehensive listing of many Centrelink parenting payments, including the Parent Payment Single (PPS) (otherwise know as the Single Mother Pension, Single Mother Pension or Single Parent Payment) and many other Centrelink payments and allowances available to Australian single mothers. Payments are added and changed often, so check with the Human Services-Centrelink website for any updates.
If your youngest child is under 8 years old, you may be eligible for
Parent Payment Single
(otherwise known as PPS, single mother pension, single parent pension)
|Centrelink – Parenting Payment Single (also known as Single Parent Benefit, Single Mothers Pension and Single Mother Payment)|
Parenting Payment is to help with the costs of caring for children. It is paid to the person who is the main carer of a child. If you are granted Parenting Payment (single) you will have compulsory part-time participation requirements from the time your youngest child turns 6 years of age. When your youngest child turns 8, you will be moved off the Parenting Payment and probably eligible to apply for the Newstart Payment
Go to the Centrelink website
If your youngest child is 8 years old or over, you may be eligible for
(otherwise known as the Newstart Payment, Newstart Benefit, the Dole)
|Centrelink – Newstart Allowance|
Single mothers are moved off the single parent pension (PPS) and then become eligible for the Newstart allowance when your youngest child turns 8. You may be expected to apply for Newstart, rather than it be an automatic switch. Once on Newstart, to keep getting the Newstart Allowance, you need to participate in activities designed to increase your chances of finding work. This is called meeting ‘activity test’ requirements. You may be required to attend Centrelink offices regularly to prove and discuss your work activity test requirements. Work activity test requirements could mean applying for jobs, doing a course, or working part-time.
You may be able to receive a short-term exemption from the Activity Test in special circumstances such as domestic violence
Go to the Centrelink Website…
In addition to a Centrelink pension, payment or allowance, you should also receive one or both of the following
Family Tax Benefit Payments
|Centrelink – Family Tax Benefit Part A & B|
Family Tax Benefit Part A helps you with the cost of raising children. Family Tax Benefit Part A helps families with the cost of raising children. It is generally paid for dependent children and dependent full time teen / young adult students under a certain age who are not receiving Youth Allowance or similar payments like ABSTUDY or Veterans’ Children Education Supplement
Note: If you have not applied for child support, or an exemption from seeking child support you may only get the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A. If you receive over a certain amount of Child Support, your Family Tax Benefit Part A may be reduced.
Family Tax Benefit Part B gives extra assistance to sole parent families and to families with one main income where one parent chooses to stay at home or balance some paid work with caring for their children. If you are a single parent, you can get the maximum amount of Family Tax Benefit Part B provided your income is $150,000 per year or less. Shared Care may affect your payment.
Go to the Centrelink Website…
Some information regarding Centrelink concession cards
|Centrelink – Pensioner Concession Card|
You can get a Pensioner Concession Card if you receive any of these payments:
Single Mother Pension (Parenting Payment)
An Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card entitles you to reduced cost medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
You may also be entitled to various concessions from the Australian Government-these could include:
bulk billing for doctor’s appointments (this is your doctor’s decision)
You may also be entitled to various concession from State and Territory Governments and local councils-these could include:
reductions on property and water rates
|Centrelink – Health Care Card|
A Health Care Card entitles you to cheaper medicines and some other concessions, sometimes including education, and public-transport costs. You may be eligible for a Health Care Card if you are receiving any of these payments:
Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate only)
Go to the Centrelink Website…
There is also what is called a “Low Income Health Care Card”
You can view more
Centrelink single mother pensions, payments and allowances here
This listing may not be comprehensive – it includes many of the Australian government-funded Centrelink pensions and payments available to separating, divorcing or single mums in financial need. Centrelink payments are added and changed often, so check with the Human Services-Centrelink website for any updates.
You can telephone Centrelink directly at the Family Assistance Office on 13 6150 for the Family Tax Benefit Part A and B, Child Care Benefit, Parenting Payment, Double Orphan Pension, Health Care Cards, Baby Bonus, Maternity Immunisation Allowance, and Jobs, Education and Training (JET) enquiries. (Expect a wait on hold of at least half an hour, possibly extending to over an hour}
Alternatively, you can find your nearest Centrelink Office here
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