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1 week ago
Hank Jongen

Congratulations to this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours recipients, including three who have been recognised for their work with Services Australia.

Our CEO Rebecca Skinner, Niko Milic from our Social Work Services team and former colleague Debbie Mitchell, all received Public Service Medals.

Read the full list of Public Service Medal recipients here: www.gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-06/qb21gazette_-_meritorious.pdf
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Congratulations to this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours recipients, including three who have been recognised for their work with Services Australia. 

Our CEO Rebecca Skinner, Niko Milic from our Social Work Services team and former colleague Debbie Mitchell, all received Public Service Medals.

Read the full list of Public Service Medal recipients here: https://www.gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-06/qb21gazette_-_meritorious.pdf

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Congratulations Niko!

Well done Niko!!

I only know one - celia Street. She wud have been working her butt off in the last 18 months with covid.

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5 days ago
Family Update

Did you get Child Care Subsidy and an income support payment in the 2018-19 financial year?

If you got an income support payment, like Parenting Payment Single, you still need to confirm your 2018-19 income.

The process for CCS is different to Family Tax Benefit (FTB).

If you’re single and your FTB was balanced automatically, you still need to take action so we can balance your CCS. If you haven’t done this already, your CCS would have stopped.

Read more: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/ccstimelimits
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Did you get Child Care Subsidy and an income support payment in the 2018-19 financial year?

If you got an income support payment, like Parenting Payment Single, you still need to confirm your 2018-19 income. 

The process for CCS is different to Family Tax Benefit (FTB). 

If you’re single and your FTB was balanced automatically, you still need to take action so we can balance your CCS. If you haven’t done this already, your CCS would have stopped. 

Read more: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/ccstimelimits

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When do they start balancing the CCS?

So I just received a job. Do I need to do anything in my family estimate for work pays for financial tax. Or does the balancing amount only the amount you receive for family payment etc ?

Shouldn’t this be 2019-2020 financial year?

Hey team, just wondering how long it takes to see my newborn on my Digital card on the Medicare app after enrolling them for Medicare through the centerlink app (it enrolled bub for Medicare whilst I was applying for parental payments) My newborn is still not on my digital card yet after completing all steps.

Family Update How many fortnight’s can you go without receiving any support payments before your cut off your payments? For example parenting payment? Also how much can you earn in the financial year with three children?

Sarah Tattam could be why urs isnt done yet

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I put through a claim for CCS, said estimated date for completion was 14th, still waiting. Should I call?

Jess Bryant

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7 days ago
Services Australia

Hitting the books for semester 2? If you’re eligible for a student payment like Youth Allowance this upcoming semester, don’t wait until your course starts to submit your claim.

Jump online to submit your claim now! You can claim as early as 13 weeks before your course begins.

For more information on student payments and how to claim, visit: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/payments-students-and-trainees
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Hitting the books for semester 2? If you’re eligible for a student payment like Youth Allowance this upcoming semester, don’t wait until your course starts to submit your claim.

Jump online to submit your claim now! You can claim as early as 13 weeks before your course begins.

For more information on student payments and how to claim, visit: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/payments-students-and-trainees

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If you are already getting Austudy does it keep going?

Hello. How I change my address in Centrelink? Thanks

I have been recieving youth allowance for studying but wasn’t able to update my end of study dates before my payments were cut. Do I need to submit another claim or am I able to continue on with my payments if I contact someone and tell them my study dates

Dear Hank I have friends that are casual workers that still haven't received any money that submitted their claim 10 days ago, they're approaching 3 weeks with no money. What is going on?

Services Australia if my old phone number has been disconnected how do I go about accessing myGov as it won’t let me now

Hi, my parents are Australian pensioners and live in Malta and had a change of address. How can they amend their address for their pension post? Is there an email address please? Thanks

I’ve been trying to apply for the Student Start-up Loans since last semester. I have checked each of the periods to apply for them, however I keep getting met with an error that says: “Update unsuccessful - Your update was not able to be automatically completed. Your information has been saved and a Customer Service Officer will complete the update. We will contact you if we need any further information” This has been ongoing for an entire semester - I have contacted human services numerous times in regards to the unresolved issue about my study details, yet it continues to say: “You have pending Study Details changes and may not see the most up to date course or loan information until Customer Service Officers complete these updates. This generally takes up to 7 days, but may take longer during periods of high demand” I have course material I need for exams, and I would like to have this issue resolved.

My daughter has received youth allowance since the start of year year. We overestimated last year’s income and her allowance has been adjusted accordingly as of now. It has not been backdated however - she was told it would not be. Is this correct? It seems incredibly unfair.

Why can't we email Centrelink to say we've got a job? I don't have time to be stuck on the phone, on hold for ages while I'm working. I'm ticking Yes to "fulfilling my job plan" on my fortnightly reporting but am Not looking for work while I am working full time (at least 2 months). Should I be ticking No? I don't want to tell my JobProvider who I'm working for because I don't want them to get the credit for a job I found myself. I'm very worried this is going to put me in the bad books with them if/when I do need CentreLink payments again. Any suggestions?

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6 days ago
Seniors Update

From 1 July 2021, the Age Pension qualifying age will increase to 66 years and 6 months.

If you’re born from 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956, you must be 66 years and 6 months to qualify for Age Pension.

Age Pension age is increasing by 6 months every 2 years between 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2023.

Read more: www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/news/age-pension-age-changing-from-1-july-2021
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From 1 July 2021, the Age Pension qualifying age will increase to 66 years and 6 months.

If you’re born from 1 July 1955 to 31 December 1956, you must be 66 years and 6 months to qualify for Age Pension.

Age Pension age is increasing by 6 months every 2 years between 1 July 2017 and 1 July 2023.

Read more: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/news/age-pension-age-changing-from-1-july-2021

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This government will keep increasing retirement age to finally receive the pension while the pollies keep increasing their pension. Eventually we're going to die waiting..

When will I qualify if I was born in 1958 making my age 63 and a quarter?

So what happens after 2023. Especially as the Governments of recent times have allowed so many on unemployment benefits as a way of life. There will be fewer taxpayer as time goes by.

They want you work till you get to 70 retire on Friday and die over the weekend so you don't get a chance of getting the pension at all

They kept moving the goalpost for me.....& others. Doing it all the time. Seems they waiting for more of us to die so not have to pay a pension 😡

Wow 😮 I am no where near retiring age but this is outrageous. I feel this is so degrading to our elderly community. Covid and now this. A govt needs a good shake up

This is so they can put you on Newstart if you lose your job. It pays much less than the Pension.

I turn 65 in August. Now I can’t apply for the age pension until 2023. That’s just great.

Maybe pollies should pay the older generation for votes

Decided by public servants and politicians who’ve never done a hard days physical work in their life!!

This has been like this for at least 3 maybe more years it's nothing new

Work till you drop so Government don’t have to pay pension.

What a farce, I am eligible today but on July 1 I am not! Pollies get a Pension regardless of age, the only rule is just how long they shined their pants on the back bench!

Instead of putting the pension age up , why don’t you get the young dole bludgers to start working instead of surfing and gaming . Let us retire before we are burnt out ......

The government is sneakily and slowly putting it up to 70 .

To Laura Rech and all the other people who don't know anything about history let me educate you a little. After the War the government setup a fund for the workers to save for theirselves for retirement age pension we worked and paid taxes and part of the tax that we payed was to pay for our retirement so we were saving for old age and the government had access to this money so we could help build this country and we were proud to work and contribute our small amount to this fund but over the years this account amassed 100 of thousands of pounds and the government cannot help them selves they took the money and then they had all future payments directly put into General Revenue to hide the theft. So yes we were saving for old age as it was called the pension fund but we got ripped off. So don't tell us old age pensioners that we should have saved we did. And have been getting ripped off for our whole lives and now again they move the goal post.

So really they basically want us to work till we drop while they retire early on their massive pensions and their perks.

Damn shame. Why not let people retire at 60 like it used to be. Surely that would give more work opportunities to the younger generation.

The governments plan to achieve savings is for attrition by death 😡

Absolute greedy grubs, well then the same goes for politicians or maybe we better protest in front of parliament house

That’s why Paul Keating introduced compulsory superannuation in the 1990s knowing there would not be enough money for an age pension for everyone.

Hopefully soon, most people will have their super to retire on for a few years before they need the pension. You can still access super at 60.

Then the next thing will be this government putting us all on the Cashless Welfare Card….get ready we need to fight this.

Keep stretching it out and hopefully pollies will get their wish that we die before reaching that age.....more money in the troughs for the pigs then!😡

Well people elected scumo so reap the hard times, if he gets back again it will get worse and will include the indue card and more cuts to Medicare

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