I'm stuck in a strange vicious circle!
I've just been offered a great job (hooray) so want to put my son into a great private childcare centre which will drop him off and pick him up by minibus at his existing kindy. Went to see them today, booked his place but was told he absolutely CANNOT be registered there until we get a Child Reference Number for him from Centrelink. I explained that we're on a subclass 475 temporary visa so will be paying all the fees ourselves, not claiming anything in benefits. No worries - or so i thought, childcare centre manager assured me that Centrelink would give me a ref number anyway, just to make my son 'exist'!
So now after an hour on the phone to Centrelink, speaking to just about everyone there, they've confirmed that since we're NOT permanent residents, we obviously don't get benefits (which yes I knew), but to them that means we don't exist so do NOT get any reference numbers either. No exceptions to the rule, blah blah blah. Could they confirm this by email - no! Could they tell which page of their website confirms this - no!
I can't get back in touch with the childcare centre manager until Monday morning so just wondered in the meantime if anyone else has been in the same situation?