Assistance you may be eligible for and you can find more information about these payments and services at the following link: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/
- Family Tax Benefit
- Child Care Benefit
- Child Care Rebate
- Grandparent Child Care Benefit
- Double Orphan Pension
- Baby Bonus
- Parental Leave Pay
- Dad and Partner Pay
- Schoolkids Bonus
Extra Assistance may also be available in:
- Health Care Cards
- Medicare Benefits
- Child Support
Other Assistance in:
- rent assistance
- carer payment
- carer allowance
- centrepay; or
- financial information service
Sometimes families find themselves in situations where parents are unable to care for a child. Instead, a grandparent or relative takes responsibility for the child's care.
- Formal arrangements - where the care of the child is being managed by a state or territory welfare authority, or a family law parenting order is in place.
- Informal arrangements - where family members have come to a private agreement about who cares for the child.
Note: grandparents and relatives who are caring for children and live in the same house as the parent/s are not usually able to get any assistance. If you're in this situation guve Centrelink a call to discuss your options.
Grandparent advisers - support grandparents with full time caring responsibility for their grandchildren, they can help you by:
- understanding your family circumstances
- providing information and helping you access payments and services
- arraning appointments for you with specialist staff, such as social workers
- arranging referrals to toher federal, state and community service providers who may also be able to assist you.
For information about grandparent advisers, visit: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/grandparent-advisers