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Just sharing an aspect of the CSA that I was made aware of recently.

For anyone who does not know, the CS begin date will be from the date that you actually contact the CSA to lodge a new claim.  Here's the part that I find interesting though…

Where a person separates from their partner prior to the baby being born then the CSA will still only pay CS from the day that you actually lodge the claim.  What I mean is, that if your child was born on a Thursday and you did not call them until the following Friday, Friday would be the start date.

Are you meant to call the CSA along with your friends and family while you are still in the hospital!?!

"Never, "for the sake of peace and quiet," deny your own experience or convictions". Dag Hammarskjold
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If a week's CS is that important then it would be possible  for a person (friend/family member) to represent the parent and thus apply on their behalf, I think there is something somewhere that officially allows representation, however I have little doubt that a person with sufficient information could do this anyway. I have little doubt that the hospital/people who visit would assist if asked.
Sorry, I should have said clearly that that was just an example for ease of reading only.  Because Centrelink send out a letter stating that you must register with CS in 60 days and also there is no information supplied by CS themselves stating that even in this instance (already separated pre the birth) that you will still only be paid from the new claim date, then the time period could be much greater for some people. Also given CS works in arrears (if that's the right word) then this too could work at a disadvantage to some people. 

"Never, "for the sake of peace and quiet," deny your own experience or convictions". Dag Hammarskjold
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MikeT said
If a week's CS is that important…
We Moderators are loosing our sense of humour MikeT…. Glad CrazyWorld  :$ clarified before that Conan Moderator jumped in… :lol: I think we need a holiday MikeT..


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Secretary SPCA said
MikeT said
If a week's CS is that important…
We Moderators are loosing our sense of humour MikeT…. Glad CrazyWorld  :$ clarified before that Conan Moderator jumped in… :lol: I think we need a holiday MikeT..


 

Just as easy to take the p out of myself :)…I sat there laughing for quite some time at the thought of people reading it and thinking what the?? Is she mad or something?? haha

Anyway the whole purpose was really just to try to inform anyone that might fall into this kind of situation that if you intend on lodging a claim that you should do it sooner than later because like me I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't realise this :)

"Never, "for the sake of peace and quiet," deny your own experience or convictions". Dag Hammarskjold
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Thanks for that info and I will get it added to the FAQ area. Really important we keep receiving these pieces of info as it is clearly something that is not otherwise easily found.  :thumbs:

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Yes, I had an oversight as well, and registered my baby's arrival with CSA 3 months after birth.  Naturally I asked the same question, why is CS (being the payer) adjusted to reflect birth date, and was told it was from date of registration with CSA.  If I wanted to change the assessment to date of birth, I had to lodge a CSA.  I too mentioned that perhaps it was worthwhile putting together an information sheet from CSA regarding important things to remember into the information pack that it handed out at hospitals.
I had the letter already written and just had to insert the date after the birth. C$A took my word for it as they changed the assessment within a few days. We had not even sent the the Centrelink or birth certificate forms in.

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