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Sorry I have no advice, just want to say good on you for stepping in and taking care of the child. I hope things work well for you both.
Unless you are the legal guardian you will not get any money from Centrelink. Otherwise anyone could try and claim money for other people's children.
I don’t know how it works, but I would think, if the baby is not yours, you would have to have some legal documentation as it’s ‘sole Carer’ to be able to get a benefit for caring for it. Sounds like you are doing an amazing thing here. X
You would be better off calling centrelinka an explaining the situation. I know when filling out claims they mention something about doy ou expect a child to be coming into your care in the next *cant remember how long* months.
By calling Centrelink you will get the most accurate information to your situation. Im sure you will be entitled to extra payments to assist.
You’re doing a wonderful thing.
Yes if you are the legal guardian its the same as if it were your own child in terms of childcare. Ftb depends on your income. Good for you for trying to help. No judgement here!
Maybe the mum could enrol the child in care. The mum will get the bill and cheaper rate and you will pay it.
You and the mother can go thru docs. I know its not a great system, but you'll be able to get some financial help that way.
Thanks to all who replied. I will be calling Centrelink first thing. I was hoping to stumble across someone in the same situation. Panicking at the idea of paying full price childcare. I trust it will work out 😍
Child care subsidy and ftb would help greatly, i will be calling centrelink when they open.