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Hi a quick query regarding maternity pay.
We moved over to Perth in September 2009. I came over on a spouse visa (my husband is australian) and as part of that I had to sign docs saying that I would not seek government assistance/benefits for the first 2 years I was here.
My mother-in-law who is Australian also submitted a statement saying if I needed help financially in first two years she would be able to provide it.
Me and my husband haven't got children at the moment but once we get a house over here (hopefully in next 6 months) we would like to start a family.
At the moment there is no government maternity pay in Western Australia but it is due to come into effect on 1.1.2011. As Perth is now so expensive this would make a big difference for us and we would be under the income threshold of joint income of 150,000.
This leads me to my query! As I signed the docs as part of my visa to say I would not claim government assistance/benefit would this also include maternity pay too? Or is this seperate. If it does then obviously its worth our while waiting the extra 9 months as without this benefit we would struggle financially. As maternity pay hasn't even started yet over here its hard to know where to find the answer to this question.
I wouldn't get maternity pay from my job as am currently working as a relief teacher which is casual work.
If anyone knows how this works or has suggestions as to who I could contact to find out for sure that would be great
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You should contact Centrelink to find out what you are eligible for. You can get the contact numbers from Centrelink - assists people to become self-sufficient and supports those in need

Look for topics such as Baby Bonus and Family Tax Benefit.

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Hi a quick query regarding maternity pay.
We moved over to Perth in September 2009. I came over on a spouse visa (my husband is australian) and as part of that I had to sign docs saying that I would not seek government assistance/benefits for the first 2 years I was here.
My mother-in-law who is Australian also submitted a statement saying if I needed help financially in first two years she would be able to provide it.
Me and my husband haven't got children at the moment but once we get a house over here (hopefully in next 6 months) we would like to start a family.
At the moment there is no government maternity pay in Western Australia but it is due to come into effect on 1.1.2011. As Perth is now so expensive this would make a big difference for us and we would be under the income threshold of joint income of 150,000.
This leads me to my query! As I signed the docs as part of my visa to say I would not claim government assistance/benefit would this also include maternity pay too? Or is this seperate. If it does then obviously its worth our while waiting the extra 9 months as without this benefit we would struggle financially. As maternity pay hasn't even started yet over here its hard to know where to find the answer to this question.
I wouldn't get maternity pay from my job as am currently working as a relief teacher which is casual work.
If anyone knows how this works or has suggestions as to who I could contact to find out for sure that would be great
Thanks

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