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6 hours ago

Hank Jongen

It's more important than ever to protect your identity online, so this #fraudweek I want to share with you some tips and tricks to help you stay safe.

Identity thieves can use details from your social media accounts, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or even a simple Google search to steal your information and impersonate you.

This can lead to financial loss, bad credit, and emotional stress.

To protect your personal information online:
🔑 never share sign-in details for your accounts
🔒 regularly check your privacy settings and contacts on social media
💻 use different and strong passwords for your email and online accounts.

Head to staysmartonline.gov.au for more information.
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Its more important than ever to protect your identity online, so this #FraudWeek I want to share with you some tips and tricks to help you stay safe.

Identity thieves can use details from your social media accounts, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or even a simple Google search to steal your information and impersonate you. 

This can lead to financial loss, bad credit, and emotional stress.

To protect your personal information online:
🔑 never share sign-in details for your accounts 
🔒 regularly check your privacy settings and contacts on social media 
💻 use different and strong passwords for your email and online accounts. 

Head to staysmartonline.gov.au for more information.
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6 hours ago

Student Update

Did your Youth Allowance stop because we're waiting for your parents' income details?

We'll automatically restore your payment if we get this info within 13 weeks of when your payment stopped. Ask your parents to give us their details online today.

There is a guide they can follow here: www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/topics/annual-parental-income-test-reassessment/30746#a3
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Did your Youth Allowance stop because were waiting for your parents income details? 

Well automatically restore your payment if we get this info within 13 weeks of when your payment stopped. Ask your parents to give us their details online today.

There is a guide they can follow here: www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/topics/annual-parental-income-test-reassessment/30746#a3

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My son’s payment has just been restored- should he have been backdated as well? Also, his restored payment amount is a lot less even though our income (his parents) is much the same. Who should we speak to about this? Thanks

Hi I received a letter advising my YA will cease shortly unless I update my intent to study for next year on mygov. I have done this & the app says it was submitted successfully & May take 7 days to process. What happens next? Will I receive another letter asking for enrolment confirmation? Thanks! 😊

And does she get youth allowance until she’s 24 or does it stop when she’s completed her course?

Student update my daughter will be applying for youth allowance next year when she completes year 12, but she will still be 17. If eligible do her youth allowance payments go into her own account or into my account until she turns 18? I was told until she turns 18 it will go into my account.

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6 hours ago

Family Update

Does your kid get ABSTUDY and board away from home to study?

From 1 January 2020, the rules to get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are changing.

Instead of FTB stopping when your kid turns 16, you may be able to get it until they finish Year 12 or turn 19.
Find out more:
www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/rules-get-ftb-parents-indigenous-kids-are-changing
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Does your kid get ABSTUDY and board away from home to study?

From 1 January 2020, the rules to get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are changing.

Instead of FTB stopping when your kid turns 16, you may be able to get it until they finish Year 12 or turn 19.
Find out more: 
https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/news/rules-get-ftb-parents-indigenous-kids-are-changing
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UPDATE: Our Mobile Service Centres continue to assist people who’ve been impacted by the NSW bushfires.

Staff on board Golden Wattle will be helping locals in Taree, Harrington, Wingham, Diamond Beach and Nabiac this week.

Desert Rose will be in Grafton, Nymboida, Nana Glen, Bowraville and Kempsey.

Visit our website to find more information about where we will be parked and the hours of operation: www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/mobile-service-centres/when-and-where-fi...

You can also call us on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm (local time) Monday to Friday. Find more information about the assistance available at humanservices.gov.au/disaster
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UPDATE: Our Mobile Service Centres continue to assist people who’ve been impacted by the NSW bushfires.

Staff on board Golden Wattle will be helping locals in Taree, Harrington, Wingham, Diamond Beach and Nabiac this week.
 
Desert Rose will be in Grafton, Nymboida, Nana Glen, Bowraville and Kempsey.

Visit our website to find more information about where we will be parked and the hours of operation:  https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/mobile-service-centres/when-and-where-find-us

You can also call us on 180 22 66 from 8am to 8pm (local time) Monday to Friday. Find more information about the assistance available at humanservices.gov.au/disaster

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Well, I rang centrelink this morning to see what was available to us, and they put me on to 1802266, which is another helpline. I told them wwe were from Nana Glen, and advised them we had seen that Nana Glen was now added as it is in the Coffs Harbour declared area. I was told that as we were over 15Km from Coffs, and even though the fire reached and damaged our house and property, they told me the Coffs declaration area only covers 15 Km radius from Coffs centre. I told them if that were the case, then no person in Coffs would be claiming, as no place within 15Km got burnt. They said they will note my claim, but I would have to go onto the MyGov site and send copies of my rate notice and utility bills to show I was in the Coffs Harbour area, and upload photos to the MyGov site to prove we were affected by fire. They certainly make things hard don't they?

So this is Dane Armstrong today I was on the phone all day to ring up Centrelink to work out or my income so I could work out what to do with trying to assess my house to get some of my items back in the middle of an all I thought id try and work out why I hadn't been paid thousand dollars after talking to the Centrelink they told me that I was cancelled from the payment and no disaster even though your house had been destroyed they asked me to ring up the Disaster line so this afternoon assat there I rang the Disaster line they put me on hold for 20 minutes after that got back on said no Dane your house is in the Coffs Harbour area not the Clarence the 1000 Cath got and the 400h for a liar and Seychelles was taken away you must pay this back you are not in Master how do you think this made me feel horrible my house is gone all my staff of collecting my whole life is gone and now the government is telling me that they don't want to help me at all great what a great day happy Australia to all play Cher share to wall to let everyone know how good is stray really is if I wasn't a strong man I would be driving or I shouldn't say because I am strong and I would rather let the world know how corrupt the government is you find out tomorrow just how corrupt they are what a joke play Cher or should I I feel so sad that I lived here sometimes. Please share talk it can't type

Can you please advise if as a result of the fires in Clarence Valley LGA, for people who evacuated based on Advice alerts and sort refuge in accomodation to which they paid for, leaving an out of pocket in addition to the inability to resume work due to school closures, is that considered to meet the criteria for an adverse event?

Hi, Our house has been classed as unoccupiable due to damage to our water/hot water (we have none) in the Nana Glen fires. I looked at this site and it appears we are not able to claim any assistance or govt. payments/assistance? Is this correct? Thanks www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/nsw-bushfires-september-2019-australian-...

How much money can we have in our bank account before it affects husband and wife on disability/carer pensions? Can I get some other questions answered without being on the phone for an hour or more please? Our local Centrelink is only an agency and we were on hold for one hour or more yesterday

Jim Masterton

Kiddies hut

What exactly classes you as eligable?

TellEverybody Magazine Harrington Harrington and Surrounds Weloveharrington

Corina Candow

Just what does the DoHS do...really?

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5 hours ago

Seniors Update

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult.

There’s now the option to complete the Bereavement Income and Assets review online following the loss of a partner, to save you from having to call or visit us during what can be a very challenging time.

You can do this in your Centrelink online account and the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

We also have counselling and other services available to those dealing with the loss of someone close: humanservices.gov.au/bereavement
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Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult.

There’s now the option to complete the Bereavement Income and Assets review online following the loss of a partner, to save you from having to call or visit us during what can be a very challenging time. 

You can do this in your Centrelink online account and the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app. 

We also have counselling and other services available to those dealing with the loss of someone close: humanservices.gov.au/bereavement

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Yep...then you send out a bill.

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