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Is it more beneficial to the household if my 16 year old applies for her own Centrelink payments.

Answered 2 years ago

I recently went to an appointment and was told now that my daughter is 16 years she can apply for her own payments. I’m wondering If it’s going to be more beneficial to us as I obviously will lose money for her. My ex left and we’ve been struggling going from his income to Centrelink, I’ve been looking for work but it seem so I need go back to school myself to upskill. Please no negativity as I’m just so overwhelmed and already hate being on benefits.


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2 years ago
I’m the original poster, my daughter is a very good student she gets very good grades and works hard to get them. She has expressed wanting to get a job, but I’m concerned her grades will fall. I was just wanting to know if she will get more on her own payment then I currently get for her. She wants to get her learners and eventually her license and a car and I just can’t afford to pay for these things, I feel like a shit parent. These things never worry you until you are put in a situation like this where you go from being a full time mum. My ex didn’t want me to work, it was fine at the time but now everything is just getting to me.

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2 years ago
I don't know how this is going to come across, but rather than encouraging your daughter to get benefits, why don't you encourage her to get a job? You said yourself that you've been looking for work but are underskilled, is that the life you want for your daughter?
Sorry if this sounds harsh but seriously man, don't put your kid on welfare.

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2 years ago
Without money you can’t make money. You can’t buy petrol, a train ticket or decent clothes to attend an appointment. You can’t afford to work the first week until your pay comes through and you certainly can’t up skill to ensure a secure and sufficient income in the future. So unless you are from a decently wealthy family who can afford to support you while you get on your feet - your point is moot. Yes, relying on welfare long term is quite distasteful but short term it is and should be a means to an end.... the path to obtain and secure a successful job or up skill. Ideally welfare should only be used long term to support people who are unable to work due to age, disability or other extenuating circumstances.

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2 years ago
Don’t encourage her to be a scrounger

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2 years ago
I think it depends, will you charge her rent etc? If not you are better off staying as you are. It's all well and good having your own money however she will also need to pay rent bills etc if she is getting her own payment. I disagree with the above commenter I worked at 16 got part payment from c link at 18 after leaving home had to pay rent and my phone and my schooling. Left home at 18 and had to pay schooling still vce that's how it was, it doesn't set u up for a life of claiming benefits!



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2 years ago
Starting her on the cycle of benefits as well as the fact she would have full control over the money paid so you may not see a cent.
If she is not studying or working I don’t think she will get any payments

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2 years ago
At 16, is she in school or studying?
Please don't start her on this cycle of benefits.

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2 years ago
DIfferent responder, I’m wondering if it would be more financially beneficial for her to?

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2 years ago
While it would give your 16 year old more freedom. Right now it would probably be best that you remain receiving it to be able to set up and begin some form of financial security for yourself and your children. Once you’re working and feeling more comfortable then it wouldn’t be such an issue to lose the money to her. Maybe she could also get a small after school job.

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2 years ago
I agree. Right now, you need it more to help set up your family.