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The single parent's need-to-know Budget 2016 guide

Your 5 minute guide to the budget!

By Jason Bryce | 05 May 2016



A single parent guide to Budget 2016 - stock photo source: Bigstock.com

Six things every single mum needs to know about Scott Morrison's budget...

(plus one other very important government cut-back affecting your children)

There could be real financial pain for you from this budget, but not immediately. The 2016 Commonwealth government budget has been framed with one eye on the election coming on the 2 July. That means there aren't too many nasty surprises right now.

However, and there has to be a 'however' of course, single mums will feel financial pain if Scott Morrison's first budget as Treasurer is passed in full by the parliament, and that may be sometime down the track, perhaps conveniently after the election.

And the former social services minister has clearly got some big ideas about welfare, so it would be fair to say there could be more changes coming in the future.

For single mums, here are six 'need-to-know' measures from the 2016 budget

  1. Harsh Family Tax Benefit cuts are still on the table

    The Liberal/National government still wants to cut back hard on Family Tax Benefits. The cutbacks to Family Tax Benefit Part A and B which were first announced in the 2014 budget are still part of the government budget plan and this 2016 budget reconfirms that. These changes are currently held up in the senate but if the election returns a new group of senators, then all bets are off and your Family Tax Benefits could be slashed. For more information on these cutbacks see our latest Family Tax Benefit cuts feature here.

  2. Healthy Welfare Card sample - stock photo source: Bigstock.com
    The Healthy Welfare Card is coming
  3. The Healthy Welfare Card is coming

    The cashless Centrelink Visa card is being rolled out to more communities. The government is expanding welfare income management, with money put aside for a third trial site. The Centrelink Visa card bars a welfare recipient from withdrawing more than 20 per cent of their payments in cash. The card also does not allow purchases of alcohol or gambling products. The government is clearly committed to this project, so expect the Centrelink Visa to come to a community near you sooner or later. You can read our most recent Healthy Welfare Card feature here

  4. Compulsory rent deductions are here now

    There is a new "Compulsory Rent Deduction Scheme" for public and some community housing tenants. Tenants who receive a pension, benefit or even Family Tax Benefit will have their rent automatically deducted from their Centrelink payments. Centrelink's current Centrepay bill payments system is voluntary. This is compulsory.

  5. New single mums will get less benefits - stock photo source: Bigstock.com
    New single mums will get less money
  6. New single mums will get less

    Single mums and other people applying for new Centrelink benefits now will get less than existing beneficiaries because carbon tax compensation has been axed. This payment is called the "Clean Energy Supplement" or "Single Income Family Supplement (SIFS)" and a few dollars on top of your normal pension or benefit. The actual payment depends on how much you get but most single mums on Parenting Payment Single plus Family Tax Benefit it is in the order of about $10 per fortnight.

  7. It really is time to quit smoking

    Every year over the next four years, the price of cigarettes will rise by 12.5 per cent. By 2020, a pack of 25 will cost about $41, up from around $25 now.

  8. There is a new, paid, work for the dole scheme.

    Plenty of single parents are now on Newstart. Young people under 25 who have been on Newstart for six months will be paid $200 a fortnight extra to engage in traineeships with employers. This will mean on-the-job training for up to 25 hours per week. The scheme, called the Youth Jobs PaTH Programme, is supposed to lead to a job with the employer for at least six months.

  9. Finally, take our advice and take the kids to the dentist NOW

    It's not a budget measure but the Child Dental Benefits Schedule will end on the 1st of July 2016. That means no more free dental procedures for teens up to age 17 unless a new scheme is announced. For detailed information on the closing of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, you can read our Child Dental Benefits Schedule feature here

New Zealand single mums - stock photo source: Bigstock.com
New Zealand single parent update

Update - New Zealand mums living in Australia

For mums from New Zealand who are unable to claim Parenting Payment, there is no real news. Malcolm Turnbull has made a deal with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to improve the treatment of Kiwis who live in Australia, however the budget has not set aside any new money for this. We can only assume that Kiwi mums will have to wait until at least next year for improvements to their situation.


Jason Bryce
Business & Finance Journalist





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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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