How to Survive the Centrelink Rush!

The Broke Blogger

Centrelink, such a dreaded word for many of us and for a twenty something gal who has never dealt with any sort of government scheme before in her life. This was nightmare.

Are you in the same boat? If so, follow along.

After numerous hours spent on the phone and website, I have now realised that it does not have to be such a nightmare AND I’ve done a little of the hard work for you.

If you have recently been stood down and Job Keeper does not apply for you however you meet the requirements for Job Seeker (everyone’s eligibility is different ensure you meet the criteria) then it is time to face the music and get on the website. You are only hurting yourself in the long run.

A few things to help you out with it all.

  • Give the website time, there are numerous people at any one moment jumping on to do the same thing as you are. Just when you think you’ve been patient enough, give it another 10 minutes and see where you are at.
  • Have all your relevant documents ready. Documents that may apply to you include, driver’s license, passport, rental agreements. If you are one of the lucky ones most of the requirements and proof have been waived but be prepared.
  • Don’t submit your application until you have read through it and double checked. Making sure everything is correct and you are getting the best out of your application.
  • Consider other benefits or schemes that may apply to you. This will come with research on the website.

Top tips.

  • If the website is lagging too much for your impatient self, trying waiting until you are out of the prime internet usage times. I started and finished my application solely after 9pm on a Friday night.
  • The quicker you get your application submitted the earlier your pay will start (if approved) as you get back paid from your submission date.
  • Keep a safe note either on your computer, in your phone notes or even written down with all your login numbers or ID’s and do not forget your Customer Reference Number (CRN).
  • Be patient, calm and friendly the people on the other end of the line or screen are working tirelessly as well.

Navigating the whole Centrelink and MyGov website can seem tricky and tiring however majority of the questions are straight forward, easy and simple to answer. It does take a little hard work, dedication and time but once approved (once again if you meet the criteria) it is all worth it in the end.


The Broke Blogger

Disclaimer: The author is not a financial advisor and the information provided is general in nature and was prepared for information purposes only. This article should not be considered to constitute financial advice. Accordingly, reliance should not be placed on this article as the basis for making an investment, financial or other decision. This information does not take into account your investment objectives, particular needs or financial situation.

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