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It all depends upon what visa you have, what you projected income is. We registered and were told we couldn't claim the family allowance equivalent as my estimated earnings were to be over the limit, but at the end of the year, if you haven't earnt the full amount I am told you can claim it back.
Whilst not wanting to upset or offend anyone because financially everyone is different and your own financies are your own business but when we all applied for our visas did we not have to declare the assets and cash equivalent of money we would bring to australia. And if my old memory is good for a family of four you needed at least 40 k sterling.
Last edited by bruce n sheila; 06-12-2011 at 01:23 AM. Reason: to correct Iphone auto correntions
Just wanted to clarify I was wondering what sort of things Centre Link do (ie do they just do benefits? Or even if you aren't eligible for any benefits, is it a form of card ID that you can use when signing up for a library or something for eg....) rather than finding out if we could get any benefits - just re-read my post and not sure if I made myself muddled or not lol.
A word of caution to anyone "expecting" to get centrelink payments when they arrive here. it is not a given right. we have been here a year and hubby has not been able to get a job yet. We came here with $60,000 savings which have now gone due to all the start up costs associated with emigrating etc. We have applied 3 times for assistance and been refused every time. we have 2 school aged children and so I now work 1 full time job and 4 part time jobs to make ends meet. This is purely my personal experience and i am aware other people have been more successful in getting assistance but no-one should come here and depend on getting it to help them.
If you read the SA goverment website for new migrants it states things to do when you arrive in SA, two of those are apply for your medicare and Centerlink. As far as im aware most Centrelink payments are means tested and some you are not allowed to claim until you have been in the country for over 2yrs like unemployment benefit. This is why they want a minimun $40,000 for a family on entry to the country to keep you self sufficient. We havent come to this country to sponge of it, however if we are entitled to anything then we will.
I think you will need a TAX FILE NUMBER this can be done over the internet. Dont quote me on this.
They have an office at Colanades Noarlunga.
All the best for when you arrive, we have been here 10 weeks know and loving it.
Only bit of advice I would give is things are a lot more relaxed and there doesnt seem to be any rush to process things.
I thought you had to register with centrelink to get a tax file number. I have never been on their website and didn't know people could claim all sorts of things on it. Through this post alone I have learn't different....still can't make out where to get TFN though..