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1 month ago

Student Update

Adulting can be hard, but lucky it’s easy to get your own Medicare card.

If you’re over 15 on mum or dad’s Medicare card you’re already enrolled and you just need to complete a form, follow the steps to return it to us. You can find the form here: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/forms/ms011

You’ll also need a form of identification, such as your driver’s licence, birth certificate or current passport.

To help you manage your Medicare account anywhere, download the Medicare Express Plus App. Learn how to download and set up the app here: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/express-plus-medicare-mobile-app/how-d...
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Adulting can be hard, but lucky it’s easy to get your own Medicare card.

If you’re over 15 on mum or dad’s Medicare card you’re already enrolled and you just need to complete a form, follow the steps to return it to us. You can find the form here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/forms/ms011

You’ll also need a form of identification, such as your driver’s licence, birth certificate or current passport. 

To help you manage your Medicare account anywhere, download the Medicare Express Plus App. Learn how to download and set up the app here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/express-plus-medicare-mobile-app/how-download-and-set-app

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Johnathon Cummings another reminder

Rhys Englert Chad Englert Jed Englert

Matilda do this pls.

Amy 🙂

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1 month ago

Family Update

If your child turned 4 in the 2019-20 financial year, we may have asked you to get a health check before their 5th birthday. Don’t forget to tell us if you’ve had the health check done!

The easiest way to let us know is using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

From the main menu select ‘My Family’, followed by ‘Family assistance’ and ‘Update Healthy Start for School’.

Once you let us know there’s nothing else you need to do!
Find out more here: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/healthystart
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If your child turned 4 in the 2019-20 financial year, we may have asked you to get a health check before their 5th birthday. Don’t forget to tell us if you’ve had the health check done! 

The easiest way to let us know is using your Centrelink online account through myGov. 

From the main menu select ‘My Family’, followed by ‘Family assistance’ and ‘Update Healthy Start for School’. 

Once you let us know there’s nothing else you need to do! 
Find out more here: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/healthystart

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This is a good idea. Although maybe a few check ups prior to school age is needed. I think any family who's receiving support from Centrelink should be doing this. So many babies an children who are neglected an abused are slipping through the cracks. This could be a way for families to be made accountable as parents.

I took my child for his check up when he turned 4. They were unable to do it because he was unable to cooperate he already has diagnosed autism, global development delay and severe speech disorder. He regularly sees a peadiatrician has had his hearing tested and is on the waitlist to have eyes tested as they cant do it at the optometrist...... centrelink have been notified of this and still keep asking for it!!!! Not to mention they are still stuffing me around with the childcare subsidy balancing saying i need to declare my income for last year which i have done and i ring and ring they tell me they have everything and then i get another letter saying they still need the required info they already have! (My ftb was balanced in july cause they have all info Now im getting told if its not done by june 30th i will have to pay all my childcare subsidy back which is crap because ive done EVERYTHING right... so stressful

I haven’t heard about this at all? My daughter turned 4 September last year. Is this the 3.5 health check? Will I be notified or is this only if you get family tax?

I take my son to a Doctor but told me no item on bulk billing & no need to do it, he ask me if he's fully vaccinated that's main thing he say...so do i have to bring him to another doctor?? Im confused

Can't even see this online. Followed the directions listed here but it's not there. My son turned 4 in January but isn't going to school till 2022.

I got this letter 2 weeks ago and my son isn't even 4 yet!!!!!

Renee Compton

Hearing check ,eye test (steps), vaccines up to date , etc

Alot won't do anythink but it's usually weight height ears and eyes

Gladys Franco

Michael Streatfield Scarlett for next year

Kimberley Smart Chivonne Anderson how weird we were only talking about this this morning

Laura Jarrad did u have to do this

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I'm confused. Does it need to be done before end of financial year, 30 June 2020? My son turned 4 in April but your message states it needs to be done before they turn 5, which isn't until 2021. I called my child health clinic who said they are only taking appointments from November 2020. I did receive this letter, but it didn't say anything about the financial year?

My twins turned 5 this year and are starting school next year but I haven’t received any such message or letter about a health check? I receive family tax benefit

My child turned 4 in February. He has had his maternal health appointment and check up and needles. But I can’t find the “update healthy start for school” link anywhere on my account. Does this mean I’m fine and I don’t have to worry as you already know he’s had it done? We are in Victoria.

I got my son's check up done last October 10/10/19 to be exact and i keep getting updated family assistance letters saying that my payments will continue to be reduced because my son didn't meet the requirements of the check up and now my payments have gone down by nearly $300 since October last year. I'm currently on the phone now trying to get sorted out but the guy im talking to cant seem to find out why this has happened. Please can someone explain to me???

My daughter turned 4 Nov 2019 however this option is not there when I log in. I don't claim FTB until the end of the financial year. Do I need to do anything?

I had a phone conference, (due to COVID-19) with a maternal health nurse recently for my 4 year old son. Is that what is meant by a health check? Obviously he wasn’t measured and weighed like it states on the website for a health check as physical appointment aren’t currently possible

Family Update if you receive carers for a child, do you need to do this? Given medical/health details has already been supplied upon claim and review?

My sons health check was cancelled due to COVID-19, and it has not been rescheduled by the Health Department. What am I supposed to do about that?

“Update Healthy start to school” isn’t in my menu under my family

It's not under" my family" and i never received a letter but my payment was cut. Any help?

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1 month ago

Services Australia

An update on mutual obligations for job seekers.Mutual obligation requirements for job seekers will recommence, in a limited capacity, from Tuesday 9 June 2020.

During this period, suspensions and financial penalties will not apply.

Visit the website for more information - www.dese.gov.au/covid-19
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An update on mutual obligations for job seekers.

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Correct a fb post doesn’t cut it. Not everyone checks Facebook. I didn’t get a notification via email or anything. I was under the impression it begins from June 1, but the whole system has been terribly organised since day 1. I will say though they did there best with short amount of time.

Yeah I'm still employed and on jobseeker as I hadn't been at the workplace for a year to be able to claim job keeper.. we are closed until further notice. So why do i need to look for work when I'm still employed. It's no ones fault that covid came so I think mutual obligations shoyld still be ceased.

For goodness sake , I consider myself pretty lucky , I went from 25 hours per week to 9 hours because of the pandemic , despite the flaws with government , we have options via seeker or keeper , plus mutual obligations at the moment Is alot leaner to cater for our well being , that's plenty more then I ever thought was going to happen and I'm grateful as It's a very Inhumane time at the moment and we have It alot better then other countries.

I have lived in oz 15 years and cannot contact let alone apply online due to the registration process not recognizing my passport number.

My job provider still calls me every two weeks even though I’m working 25hrs a week & a primary career!!

My wife still has a job but still not getting shifts because of the covid pandemic. She’s currently receiving jobseeker payment but not the full amount coz I got a temporary job at the moment. Does she still need to do the mutual obligations requirements if needed? Thanks!

I’m a sole trader & have lost work because of Covid-19. I’m also a carer & currently homeschooling. I’ve just received my first job plan but my intention was not to look for a job, but to get financial support until my business is back up & running. How can a sole trader get exempt from a job plan?

Bottom line is Centrelink will force Work for the Dole to resume so companies can exploit it again. Extremely cheap Labor for employers.

Hi there, I'm currently getting Job Seeker but I may have to go home to New Zealand as my Dad is very unwell. I will have to spend two weeks in a hotel in quarantine. How will this affect my payments and how do I notify Centrelink of my travel plans. Thanks.

For those who are receiving jobkeeper are also needed to find jobs to meet their mutual obligation requirement?

Services Australia, could you please clarify for me . My job search obligations are from 13May2020 to 12 June 2020 and mutual obligations recommence in a limited capacity on 9th June 2020 . Due to previous notifications from you that mutual obligations were suspended until today 1st June 2020 I have not actively searched for work to the extent I normally would. Will I be penalised? As my job search period has another 11 days to go ? I have a phone appointment with my provider next Wednesday the 10th . I have maintained these phone appointments throughout the suspension periods .

I have a job plan currently in place before the COVID-19 happened and I’m still meeting my mutual obligations. Will my current job plan still be in place as I don’t have a job network agency anymore as I still work part time and my hours never reduced during the time and my mutual obligations job plan states I need to work no less than 15 hours a week. My job plan was done through Centrelink last year as the job agency I was with exiting me out of the system as they can no longer assist me anymore. So do I just continue my current job plan that I have in place since October last year? Thanks

Dear Services Australia. Mutual obligations should be suspended till September that is why the corona supplement is in place. Why would you ask your recipients to do the obligations earlier than that it makes no sense at all. Some people are relying on workers to go back to their jobs that they were stood down from. Also do you think that there will be enough jobs to go around, I think not. Also I know how centrelink works they will force you in jobs that you won't have a say in doing. It happened to me years ago they put in a job that I had no interest in and the workplacewas dodgy as hell. It was do the job and shut your mouth and get off centrelink.

Has anyone actually clicked the link and read what the “mutual obligations” are? If you do it clearly states it’s one appointment. Appointment can be over the phone or online and it’s to be kept in the loop for possible opportunities 🙄 what’s the big deal?

Hello, I’m currently on Jobseeker payments and I’ve submitted new claim for Austudy as I enrolled into Tafe last week and my course is commencing this week. Do I need to let Centrelink know or my job provider? Thank you

job seeker will not even start on my end in July? and im in tourism industry,doesnt make sense

Services Australia if the employment provider was not very helpful in getting me a job i can always switch my employment providers right to make sure i get the help i needed to find a job? Do i have to let you know if i do?

Hi I know this isn't about wat I'm just about to ask. I have a debt with u guys and it's all saying it's on hold. Will I still have to pay my debt out of my supplements in July this year. I'm suffering financial hardship and can get suuportcletter done

Where can I find information please as to why my payments have been cut by $80 a fortnight?

Services Australia how does this apply as I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and not sure if you will still be asking me to look for work or meet mutual obligations?

If the obligations are ”mutual”, then what are your obligations to the over 2000 people who committed suicide as a direct result of the robodebt farce? What about their families?

I don’t have a job.... lost it 2 months ago... Centrelink don’t give me a cent.... why am I getting mutual obligation updates??

I reckon it is whole lot of b.s. myself my new job agency keeps making me appointments and don't even call me

I’m confused there is a news article on channel 7 saying it’s been extended till the 22nd

I cancelled my jobseeker payment online because I'm on a new gov support scheme that doesn't allow you to be on JS at the same time but a payment of $550 still got deposited to my account today which is for the covid supliment. Why is this still coming to me and will they make me pay it back? The online system is such a joke. If the thing loads in the first place any changes you manage to make on it do absolutely nothing anyway.

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1 month ago

Seniors Update

It’s National Palliative Care Week and this year, we’re asked to consider ‘palliative care – it’s more than you think’.

Excellent palliative care has many benefits for a patient, their carer and family members. This week is a great time to have positive conversations about compassion, connection, emotional and psychological support and end of life preferences.

It’s also timely to acknowledge the amazing work of our health care workers during this COVID-19 pandemic. From aged care staff to nurses, social workers to volunteers, we appreciate the support from these heroes going about their daily work.

To join virtual events and find more information about Palliative Care Australia, go to: palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week-2020

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It’s National Palliative Care Week and this year, we’re asked to consider ‘palliative care – it’s more than you think’.

Excellent palliative care has many benefits for a patient, their carer and family members. This week is a great time to have positive conversations about compassion, connection, emotional and psychological support and end of life preferences.

It’s also timely to acknowledge the amazing work of our health care workers during this COVID-19 pandemic. From aged care staff to nurses, social workers to volunteers, we appreciate the support from these heroes going about their daily work.

To join virtual events and find more information about Palliative Care Australia, go to: https://palliativecare.org.au/national-palliative-care-week-2020

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I’ve applied for a Centrelink payment and have just received a letter asking for full medical information. Due by 6th June. I have multiple conditions. My specialists aren’t seeing patients at the moment so there is no way to get the information.

The nurses and doctors do a great job

May I write personal questions here re my Age Pension?