(Closed) AUSTRALIAN MUMMIES! help me understand!!

posted 5 years ago in Australia
Post # 3
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m pretty sure that the parental leave scheme is better, though you should double check with your local Centrelink office (I know, sit there for a few hours…) how long you will be receiving those payments for. The website says “Up to 18 weeks” so it’s possible that you can be found eligible for only, say, 12 weeks of payments, which would suck.

 

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/parental-leave-pay

 

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/baby-bonus

ETA: I’m not a parent yet, so I haven’t fully researched these things, but my understanding is basically that the baby bonus is a one-off payment of $5000 when the baby is born. PPL is when you receive minimum wage payments (about $600/week) for up to 18 weeks (so you would get a little over $10K by the end of your payments).

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@BabyBrain:  I’m pretty sure you would still receive the minimum wage payments (but don’t quote me on it!). I’ve got a cousin who went on these payments (she was self-employed, so no actual “wage”) and she gets the full $600ish/week. It would suck if they just paid you what your employer pays you, because your costs are bound to go up if you have a newborn baby!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It also depends what time of the year you have the baby and how long you intend to take off work as to whether PPL or bonus is the better option tax wise.

Post # 11
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625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I really, honestly, thought that this thread was going to be about the discovery of ancient mummies in the Australian outback or something >.<

And with that, I will now slink away to another thread.

*slink, slink*

Post # 12
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

You guys are so lucky. We get zero money in the US, and only get maternity leave if we work at a company with more than 50 emplyees, and have worked there at least a year at time of birth (and even then, it’s only 12 weeks).

Post # 14
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@crayfish:  That’s crazy! I mean, sure it sucks that we do kinda have a bit of a welfare state, and there are people out there with an incredible sense of entitlement for what the government should give them, but to not get anything when you’re struggling is just…weird! Do you guys at least have a decent healthcare system over there?

Post # 15
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625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LadyElva:  “Do you guys at least have a decent healthcare system over there?” It depends on who you ask. Are you asking the filthy rich, or us normal people?

Or the Republicans, or the Democrats? big diff there too.

Mostly, we just argue about it a bunch.

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

@AllShookUp:  LOL you made me laugh

@crayfish:  ouch – ididnt realise this

@Lollybags:  depends on the time of year you have the baby? I don’t quite undertsand how… (naive question – apologies)

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