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#1 Lovesherboy

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:47 PM

Can anyone please tell me if your entitled to centrelink payments if your unwell and unable to work? My husband has been unwell since December and we are struggling with bills/mortgage.

His boss has allowed him to go back when he is well enough but in the meantime he has a medical certificate stating he is too unwell to go to work.

Any help would be great

#2 Starrydawn

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:50 PM

Yes it is Newstart incapacitated/sickness benefits.You will need a centrelink medical certificate from his Dr. I would ring and talk to them to make an appointment and take in all appropriate information.

#3 cinnabubble

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:52 PM

If he has a permanent job, I think it's Sickness Allowance he'd be applying for.

Edited by cinnabubble, 13 February 2013 - 03:56 PM.


#4 jenchristo

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

Sickness allowance

Also ask your DH's super fund.

#5 Lovesherboy

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

Would his super fund pay for it?

#6 TinFeralCat

Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:55 PM

Sickness Allowance is what you are looking for. Medical certificates required, must have a job to go back to, sick leave already used, means tested.

I think you need to go for an interview, so the sooner you call, the quicker you can be sorted. The worse that can happen is they say no.

I hope your husband is better soon.

#7 Lainskii

Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:20 PM

QUOTE (Lovesherboy @ 13/02/2013, 04:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Would his super fund pay for it?


If you have salary continuance as apart of your super then you may be eligible , look at a recent statement or give them a call.

#8 Lovesherboy

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:46 PM

From the sounds of it they can't back pay though (centrelink )

#9 Lil Chickens

Posted 13 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

It's Sickness Allowance and only payable from the day you claim so get your partner on the phone (132717) ASAP to claim.

OR get him to go to humanservices.gov.au tonight, choose Contact Us.
Under Get In Touch choose Intent to Claim.
then choose
Send a Secure online message.
then choose
Register for yourself
and go from there.

Good luck.

#10 Lovesherboy

Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

Wish I had of known about it early. He will probably be Bach to work in a week

#11 LynnyP

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:17 AM

I think it is means tested too so your income will be taken into account.

#12 k8plus2

Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

QUOTE (Lovesherboy @ 13/02/2013, 04:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can anyone please tell me if your entitled to centrelink payments if your unwell and unable to work? My husband has been unwell since December and we are struggling with bills/mortgage.

His boss has allowed him to go back when he is well enough but in the meantime he has a medical certificate stating he is too unwell to go to work.

Any help would be great


I just claimed sickness allowance, he needs to use his sick leave, fill a claim form in then around a week or so they will call and finalize the claim but he will need a centrelink medical certificate from the gp




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