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7 days ago

Student Update

From 1 July, the Student Start-up Scholarship is being replaced by the Student Start-up Loan for all students.

We know upfront costs of returning to study can be expensive so now's the time to start thinking about your options. Your institute of study is the best place to find out about upfront costs and ways to access study materials.

If you got the scholarship from us earlier this year and need financial help for materials in semester 2, you can apply for a Student Start-up Loan of $1,035 after 1 July. Applying is voluntary and the loan must be repaid.

Read more about the Student Start-up Loan, including how to apply, here: humanservices.gov.au/startuploan
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From 1 July, the Student Start-up Scholarship is being replaced by the Student Start-up Loan for all students.

We know upfront costs of returning to study can be expensive so nows the time to start thinking about your options. Your institute of study is the best place to find out about upfront costs and ways to access study materials.

If you got the scholarship from us earlier this year and need financial help for materials in semester 2, you can apply for a Student Start-up Loan of $1,035 after 1 July. Applying is voluntary and the loan must be repaid.

Read more about the Student Start-up Loan, including how to apply, here: humanservices.gov.au/startuploan

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I thought this applied to new students only and that those with the scholarship payments got them until they finished their current study!? That's what you told me last year 🙁

So the people to started study with this in mind to budget are foolish for trying to plan ahead. The grandfathered system that was assured to us last year, no longer applies. Nice way to keep Australia Uneducated guys.

Chantelle Carpentieri no more scholarship for you!

Cass Groves god dammit this was my only source of savings

I am not eligible for the start up loan even though I study full time at uni doing a degree. What gives!

Lindsey Massey

Latesha Graham Keyarna Graham

At the beginning of this year I was informed by the Centrelink Facebook page that this would not occur until the end of this year for students who were on the start-up scholarship meaning that the last payment would occur for semester 2 (spring semester) for most universities. My semester commences on the 24th of July. Does this mean that I am not eligible for student start-up scholarship for semester 2?

Andrew Patfield looks like we have to apply for a loan now

Anthony O'Farrell 😔

Carmen Jessie

Voila V Therese

Stella Pylee

Matthew Kanowski

Julian Bell 🙁

Hamish Philips

Diane Rose

Such a bugger that you dont allow those students on newstart that are doing a masters to apply for this....this money would come in handy for my materials and printing things for my exhibition that is part of the assessment...its a real bugger, wouldnt be as stressful studying

Jess Gehrig should I apply for it?

Wen

So, they're replacing it with a loan. Not adding a loan.

Carol Cui

Jessica Selina Collison Joe Vlachoulis

Demi Lee Iwaszczyn

How about helping out this generation of students by not leaving them with more debts and instead give them a leg up?

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20 hours ago

Family Update

If you or your child get Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY and have received the Student Start-up Scholarship in the past this change may affect you.

From 1 July, the Student Start-up Scholarship will be replaced by the Student Start-up Loan for all students. Students should now start considering options for accessing study materials after 1 July. The best place to find out about upfront costs of study and ways to access materials is their institute of study.

If financial help is needed, students can apply for the Student Start-up Loan from 1 July. This is a voluntary $1035 loan for eligible students that must be repaid. Find out more about the loan here: humanservices.gov.au/startuploan
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If you or your child get Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY and have received the Student Start-up Scholarship in the past this change may affect you.

From 1 July, the Student Start-up Scholarship will be replaced by the Student Start-up Loan for all students. Students should now start considering options for accessing study materials after 1 July. The best place to find out about upfront costs of study and ways to access materials is their institute of study.

If financial help is needed, students can apply for the Student Start-up Loan from 1 July. This is a voluntary $1035 loan for eligible students that must be repaid. Find out more about the loan here: humanservices.gov.au/startuploan

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What is the parents income cut off for a student to receive support?

yes what about the parents who have younger children at school

May I ask what age group is this for? 16 on wards?

I'm studying a full time bachelor but receiving careers pension how come I can't access this?

Tracy Mathers not sure if any of this is relevant to Bonnie

Sunny not sure if this applies to you!

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Do you need to be studying full time to recieve benefit

Shania Pasfield

Rose Bernadette

Renee Hoffman

Julie Mcbride

Akhil Naseem

Gabrielle Martin

Emily Bloomfield

Bea Smith

Hope Cooper

Kate

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23 hours ago

Family Update

If your 2015-16 FTB Part A supplement wasn't fully paid because immunisation requirements weren't met, you have until 30 June 2017 to make sure your child's immunisations are up to date. Once these are up to date, you'll receive the remaining portion of the supplement you didn't receive when these requirements were not being met . For info here: humanservices.gov.au/immunisation

It's important to note the amount of supplement you're paid may vary depending on your family's actual income and circumstances.
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If your 2015-16 FTB Part A supplement wasnt fully paid because immunisation requirements werent met, you have until 30 June 2017 to make sure your childs immunisations are up to date. Once these are up to date, youll receive the remaining portion of the supplement you didnt receive when these requirements were not being met . For info here: humanservices.gov.au/immunisation

Its important to note the amount of supplement youre paid may vary depending on your familys actual income and circumstances.

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Hi there Kylie, we're sorry to hear this has been your experience with updating this. We want to let you know, the easiest way to update your daughter's education details is in your Centrelink online account via myGov. We have a handy tutorial on how to do this on our website. You can find this here: www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/update-your-childs-education-details Please let us know how you go.

Hi I've been trying to call 132850 to reschedule a appointment I have tomorrow due to being sick but the phone lines have been engaged all day, what can I do.

I was told that I wouldn't be receiving FTB A supplement due to not meeting immunisation requirements but that I would receive FTB B supplements. I still haven't received FTB B supplements and it's been a couple of months since we lodged tax return. Can you tell me why? I have tried to call but can't get through

We did immunization for 2 of my kids at revesby medical center but always we get that its not done so do you have access to medical centers or they must send it?

If my child turns 4 this coming october do they have to make the health check and immunisations before end of June?

My son had his 4 yr immunization in feb centrelink is still saying hes not met immunization requirements will this affect that payment if your records arnt up to date?

Hi my son got 2 of his high school immunisations last year and only got his third last week as i was unaware the school had done the third when we were on holiday at the time but when i checked 'my gov' for his immunisation record these immunisations are not on there yet ... are these immunisations included in this payment? .... thanks

Im having trouble with my teenagers immunisation record as NZ has no file of it. Im receiving too much conflicting information about what to do. What do you suggest I do?

My child turns 4 on 25/6 getting 4 year old injection on monday. Will the medical centre forward the info or do i get a paper to take to Medicare. Live in new state.

My GP checked my sons immunisation record and couldn't find anything recorded? He definitely had immunisations at school here in Australia so how do I get it updated? He had his early childhood immunisations in the UK, does Medicare need those records too?

My kids are up to date but l still didn't receive the payment? I have log my tax return as normal, but cause my ex hasn't log his do l miss out on the payment?

My daughter was 13 during 2015/2016 how would i know if i recieved this payment

How long does it take to approve the ftb?

How do we find out if its up to date

When will this payment happen

How many times do I have to call to tell them that my daughter is now at school so that she stops coming up as "non-school child" on my letters?

The system is Unreliable, it's disappointing that it takes so long for records to update

Vaccinate your kids ya numpties!

Good news.

Hannah Bradbrook

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2 days ago

Family Update

Life sometimes throws you a curveball. If you need to access part of your superannuation early, it's important you understand how it could impact your payments from us. Some lump sum payments from an early release of superannuation will be treated as taxable income - if that's the case, you'll need to include this as part of your income estimate for family and child care payments.

There's more information about your income estimate and how we use it here: www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/your-family-income-estimate

PLEASE NOTE: If you or your partner receives an income support payment, such as Newstart Allowance or Parenting Payment, you will need to contact separately to discuss the changes to your assets as this may impact your payment.
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Life sometimes throws you a curveball.  If you need to access part of your superannuation early, its important you understand how it could impact your payments from us. Some lump sum payments from an early release of superannuation will be treated as taxable income - if thats the case, youll need to include this as part of your income estimate for family and child care payments. 

Theres more information about your income estimate and how we use it here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/your-family-income-estimate

PLEASE NOTE: If you or your partner receives an income support payment, such as Newstart Allowance or Parenting Payment, you will need to contact separately to discuss the changes to your assets as this may impact your payment.

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Hi i have to take proof of birth in by 24th as ive recently gone onto parenting payment. If i take that in, in the morning would that be ok? Did say by 24th, just dont want payment cut off

My wife and I accessed my super to pay for bariatric surgery. We didn't know at the time that it was included as income. Now my tax estimate has gone from 40k to 85k, lost a good chunk of my wife's family tax benefit payment, lost the health care card, lost subsidies, and will lose the Family Supplement at tax time. All because the wait for the Medicare funded surgery was over a 10 year wait, my doctor believed I wouldn't live long enough to get the surgery on the public waiting list. I accessed 24k, but the super fund takes tax out as well, pushing it to over 35k, all included as income, as far as tax and Centrelink are concerned.

How about answering the phone been trying to ring since 9.30 keeps hanging up

Oh so this will affect child support and all of that too...

That sucks!! Centerlink and your super should not in anyway be linked . That is hard earned money that will not even cover your retirement in many cases. It's for use in housing and food and vehicles that should not harm day to day living and when you DO have to resort to taking from your nest egg due to said curve ball it's because Centerlink can't do anything, the last thing you need is having that shelter taken off you by those who claim to be there to help.

Hi, in regards to change of circumstances, I can't see anything about having to report childrens income from work. Could you advise me if I need to do anything just for Lump sum FTB.....he is 14, casual work, estimated income of ~$4000 per annum, still at full time secondary school.

I'd love everything was assessed on your after tax income because seriously if you pay extra tax (eg HECS) is taken out - why stuff is based on gross amounts amazes me Because the minute amount you get from tax is still nothing in comparison to the tax taken from gross! For example a double income family earning $100k is taxed $30k ... seems ludicrous to me.

How long does it usually take from trying to place a claim to access super to knowing if it'l happen? Im kind of gagging at this info but the panic of finding this magic lump sum payment for braces after another freak accident is telling me chill out we'l deal with it when it comes 😰

There's something wrong with centerlinks phone system. It's either engaged ALL the time or when you do get through, its automated but just hangs up. Ended up just going in there last week. It's disgusting really. It's already been in the media about the pathetic wait times, call drop outs. The Aus Govt treats it's most vulnerable terribly. You want people to show respect, do the correct thing blah blah then why isn't anyone at the very least showing recipients the very basics of dignity. The whole design of the customer service centres is also a disgrace... No I do not particularly want to hear the next persons personal details. No privacy what's so ever. No wonder people lose their cool in there- not that I condone that behaviour,but if your going to treat people like dum dums then what do you expect to happen? Please don't recommend the complaints hotline... I've made many complaints.

I have rung about 40 times. It's either busy or the 2 times I got through I was On Hold for 40 minutes before it hung up on me. Sigh.

Near on impossible to get super release early I tried a year or so ago as was in struggle with my mortgage and was pretty much Told i had to default my loan for any help ! Ridiculious it's my money !! Got a loan now that I have to pay interest on when my own money could of made things easier 😡

Geeeeeeeze nooooooo I was gunna do this, I'm in so much debt but can't afford to lower my weekly payments from Centrelink .......ahhhhhhh what to do😭😭😭😭

This is very un Australian and a heartless act by the government!

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Helen Burnett

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