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#1 Bel

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:10 PM

Hi Guys,
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Some of you may remember me, old time member, new name....  cool.gif
I have recently lost my job sad.gif and have a Centerlink appt on Monday,  AND I have just found out I am pregnant, OMG, what a shock.

I will be on Newstart I think, and was planning on looking for a job, but this has now been limited, as my blood pressure is already high. I am moving house in 2 weeks as well, so really trying to take it easy.

I know this may not be the right place for this question, but should I tell centrelink that I am pregnant, and that I have high blood pressure, as this may affect my suitability for jobs?

All opinions accepted, and hi to those who know who I am Tounge1.gif I am glad to be back at EB, and look forward to figuring out who is who again! biggrin.gif

Edited by NingaGal78, 23 April 2012 - 11:41 AM.


#2 ZCE

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:16 PM

You can tell them but it won't make any difference at this point, everything will still stay the same. You only get an exemption from the looking for work requirement for the final 6 weeks of your pregnancy.

#3 Bel

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:18 PM

I dont want an exemption from looking for work at all, I just wondered if my high blood pressure would be something they consider - they would have given me a exemption for my depression issues (they did last time), but this time, my depression is under control, and I didnt want to take exemptions. I will obviously get proof that I have these BP issues, really dont need the stress of looking for a job, when I know I have to relax. original.gif

#4 Amanda_R

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:20 PM

Unless the high blood pressure gets to the point that your care providers are telling you to do nothing (and thus giving you a medical certificate to exempt you) then I doubt telling them would make any difference.

That said many moons ago I did tell them there was little point me looking for work for the time I was on a waiting list for surgery (3-4 months) as no place of employment would give me time off recovery if they have just employed me.  The person I spoke to let me off for that period and the recovery time post-op.  I think it was a bit of luck though because I never gave them a medical certificate or letter from the docs, lol.

I guess you could mention it, it's hardly going to hurt, but I wouldn't expect much to come from it.

#5 caitiri

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:24 PM

You should to tell them, firstly because they can be more flexible with you meeting the requirements of that payment and secondly because if your condition does get worse you will have alrealy laid the groundwork so to speak.



#6 Eeyolet

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:33 PM

Don't bother they won't care. I worked until I was 36 weeks pregnant with DS, I then went to see if I could get a payment until I delivered. They put me on newstart ($30pfn) 3 weeks later when I was 39 weeks pregnant they signed me up for a job agency and demanded I go or they would cut my payment, lol. I called the agency and the lovely lady said not to bother coming in. i got so worked up about it I think that is why I went into labour that night.

#7 Kahlea

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:34 PM

Yeah they wouldnt do anything
They will still get ya to look for you can just look on internet and right it down and u will have to attend job agencies
Congratulations on your pregnancy btw biggrin.gif

#8 twinmumplus1

Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:37 PM

Oh my - congrats BTW original.gif  Exciting news original.gif  No idea with centrelink, but all the best xx

#9 Chill-Pill

Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:07 PM

I would chat to your Dr rather than Centrelink, then if they think you shouldn't be working or looking for work they can write a certificate.

#10 ~Delilah~

Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:15 PM

As the others have said, it makes no different to Centrelink until you are almost due.

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They put me on newstart ($30pfn) 3 weeks later when I was 39 weeks pregnant they signed me up for a job agency and demanded I go or they would cut my payment, lol. I called the agency and the lovely lady said not to bother coming in.


Similar story here although I had to go to the agency. The lady I saw looked at my huge belly and asked why I was here. The receptionist told me that I had to be there, so I did. The lady then went and spoke to the receptionist who said that she had been told it was a scam to delay looking for work. I offered to show her my belly to make sure I hadn't just stuffed a cushion in there. I mean I was living the high life on the $270 a fortnight (way back when).

#11 *-*

Posted 17 April 2012 - 07:54 PM

I can tell by to post count... congrats B.  I have no advice... but WOW!  What amazing news!  Congrats lovely - something very unexpected!

Edited by *~Katrina~*, 17 April 2012 - 08:11 PM.


#12 suzy-c

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

You won't have to look for work if you have a medical certificate saying you are currently unfit for work, but it may not be for long. Doc might give you a couple weeks and by then your morning sickness might be kicking in as well, so it's not as if you'd be ready to impress at a job interview. wink.gif

#13 chipsy

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:22 PM



you dont have to meet participation requirements (looking for work attending jobnetwork) while you have an exemption in place. an exemption could be for example a medical certificate that exempts you from doing any work or study, also an automatic exemption applies from 6 weeks prior to your EDD, but you need evidence  of the EDD like a letter from your dr.

lots of people at centrelink do care. It cant hurt to describe your circumstances and see what kind of assistance you are entitled to.





#14 Guest_NinjahAlpaca_*

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:27 PM

Not sure which old member you are coming back, but congrats!

I think you should discuss it with your doctor - if he/she thinks you need to limit activity or certain types of activity for medical reasons then you can absolutely have Centrelink take this into consideration.

Take it easy!



#15 Mrs Lost Wanderer

Posted 17 April 2012 - 08:32 PM

As others have said, I doubt Centrelink could care less. A friend of mine had to apply for jobs and go to interviews for positions she didn't want and didn't have a snowflakes chance of getting anyway until she was 7 months or else she would have had her payments cut. On the BP issues, unless a doctor decides that you shouldn't be working then they will treat you like everyone else.


#16 Holidayromp

Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:07 PM

Another in the don't care boat....they don't even care if the job they shove the newstart recipient into is totally unsuitable and puts their family in a completely worse position than they were on centrelink payments  but hey if you are off the books it is another notch in their belts - I swear they get performance based pay.  They just don't think about the repurcussions and suitability of any positions and the same goes to those that are pregnant - you are not only an unsuitable candidate but you will continue to cost the employee in sick leave and maternity leave entitlements.  rolleyes.gif  but hey as long as you are off the books and therefore not their problem that is the main thing.  True there are the types that rort the system but it is that ones that stuff it up for those geniunely cannot look for work or cannot work because everyone is looked at with suspicion.

#17 Bel

Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:05 AM

Haha, if you read this, I will out myself as Bel  wink.gif

Thanks for the advice everyone, I know Centerlink wont really care, and I will meet the requirements for looking for work (they are only making me look for part time work anyways, and the job agency said I have no hope of getting part time work locally (and that was BEFORE I knew I was expecting  huh.gif  )

I am not one to rort the system, I have worked FULL time since I was 18 (with only 8 months maternity leave for Joshua), and if I didnt have to go to centerlink to support my son, I would not be going there at all, and would have managed without the benefits.

Plus, now I am pregnant, I think the money may be handy!

Im still in shock about falling pregnant again, and so excited to use EB again... I joined when Josh was 2 months old way back in 2002, so never had the Pregnancy journey here, was so upset that I never would, now here I am....

Edited by NingaGal78, 18 April 2012 - 11:07 AM.


#18 Bel

Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

Just a quick update, thanks for all your replies, Centerlink wont give a toss that I am expecting, as pregnancy is not an illness as such - however, because I am going into this pregnancy with high blood pressure and depression issues, I will talk to my OB tomorrow (first appointment) and if he feels I require it, he can fill out a Centerlink Medical certificate, which will give me an Exemption.

I am planning on actively looking for work none the less, but knowing I wont have to 'report' and wait in Centerlink queues etc, will stress me less, and I have a tendancy to stress, which is no good for my lil baby (or me for that matter)

I know its only early days of my pregnancy, but am loving all the advice available here on EB biggrin.gif




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