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My partner and I are due to have a baby in November (v.excited) and we were granted PR in February 2019, having been here for 4.5 years. We have recently discovered that there is a waiting period for getting child subsidies such as paternity pay (2 years from date of getting PR). One of our friends suggested there is a clause though if you have a child in Aus when parents have PR, as the child is then a Australian citizen from birth and therefore classed as an Australian dependant. 

Does anyone one know anything about this and where can I find this clause information online, really hoping we can still can get some support from the government.

Thanks in advanced.


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I'm in the same situation to yourself in terms of the waiting period. PR granted in Match 19 and been here for 4 years.

I trawled through the guides and couldn't find any such clause.


Let me know if you have any luck...


Occupation: ICT Customer Support Officer
Birth Country: LR
Stream: ENS TRT
Number of applicants: 2
ENS 186 Visa and Nomination applied:  17 March 2018

VISA GRANTED - 13/03/19

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Apparently the the best thing to do is go to centre link and they will put you through to their hotline (don’t call yourself you never get through) and they will take you through it.

Although this is all through a friends friend who is in the same situation. 


I just want to find the document to reference and confirm.




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We’ve just found this out ourselves we got our PR  6 weeks ago nothing is stated in black and white on there website about this,me and the wife are devastated by the time we get help our child will be in school anyway they also didn’t get back to us about this we had to chase them😪

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So we rang Centre link and they put us in touch with Human services. Essentially they said it depends on your visa (still a little confusing, we are a subclass 186).

They weren’t actually aware of the new law, they told us that nearly arriving residents are for people only just arriving in the country now (we have been here on a 457 for almost 4years before getting PR). 

They also said you can apply online for everything, but the only thing you need is the CRM code (centre link record membership) which you need to go to Centrelink to get

They said we could apply for the following:

1. Paid parental leave 

2. Partner pay

3. Family tax benefit (package you receive after the baby is born, so if not eligible they will back pay when you are - you only have to wait one year if you don’t receive any benefits). We were told to apply for part A.

You can apply for the above benefits 3 months before baby is born (all online). So you will know for certain then.

With the CRM you need the following to show Centrelink:


1. Passport 

2. Visa papers

3. Bank acc details 


Who they put us in touch with:

human services.gov.au

Although I still feel like it could swing both ways, however fingers cross it doesn’t apply.


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Hey Ben

we came over on exactly the same visas as you guys,all we are trying to claim is the childcare subsidy do you know if this is possible it is soooooo frustrating especially when some of the the people in Centrelink aren’t aware of the rules my wife was on the phone for 2 hrs last night.

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