The Centrelink Master Program, or more commonly Centrelink, is a master program of the Australian Government that is managed under the authority of the Department of Human Services. Centrelink delivers a range of government payments and services for retirees, the unemployed, families, carers, parents, people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, students aged 16-24, apprentices and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and provides services at times of major change. The majority of Centrelink's services are the disbursement of social security payments.

Social security, in Australia, refers to a system of social welfare payments provided by Commonwealth Government of Australia. These payments are administered by Centrelink, a branch of the Department of Human Services. In Australia, most benefits are means tested.

Below are some of the commonly claimed benefits that are relevant to migrants.

Family Assistance

The following Family Assistance claims can be made using this online service:

  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Family Tax Benefit as fortnightly payments for the current financial year or as a lump sum for a past financial year
  • Child Care Benefit as reduced fees for the current financial year or as a lump sum for a past financial year
  • Child Care Rebate for the current financial year or as a lump sum for the previous financial year
  • Dad and Partner Pay
  • Single Income Family Supplement
  • Stillborn Baby Payment

When you claim family assistance, you will be assessed based on your family's circumstances.

You can claim Paid Parental Leave, Dad and Partner Pay and Family Tax Benefit up to three months before your child's expected date of birth.

Read more about payments for families

Parenting Payment

Parenting Payment is an income support payment for parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children under a certain age. Parenting payment is paid to the principal carer of a child.

Read more about payments for families

Principal carer

A principal carer is a person who has legal responsibility for the day-to-day care and development of a dependent child, under the age of 16, in the person's care. There can only be one principal carer of a particular child at any point in time.

Unemployed and looking for work

If you are looking for work, have recently lost your job, or are at risk of losing your job, there are payments and services to support you.

Newstart Allowance provides financial help if you are looking for work. It supports you while you do activities that may increase your chances of finding a job, such as studying or training. The amount of Newstart Allowance you are paid depends on your situation and waiting periods may apply.

Youth Allowance supports young people with financial assistance if they are 16 to 24 years old and looking for full-time work or undertaking approved activities.

Read more about payments for job seekers

Low-Income Supplement/Low Income Family Supplement

The Low-Income Supplement/Low Income Family Supplement is a payment of $300 to help low-income households.

Read more about the LLow-IncomeSupplement

Studying

To qualify for a payment because you are studying you must be:

  • an Australian resident and currently in Australia;
  • able to meet a personal Income and Assets test; and
  • currently studying or intending to study full-time in an approved course; or
  • enrolled as a full-time student but be temporarily unable to study due to illness or be a concessional workload student.

Read more about payments for students

Trainee or Apprentice

To qualify for a payment because you are an apprentice or trainee you must be:

  • an Australian resident and currently in Australia;
  • able to meet a personal Income and Assets test; and
  • currently undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship (or intending to undertake in the near future); or
  • enrolled as a full-time student but be temporarily unable to study due to illness or be a concessional workload student.

Read more about payments for trainees and apprentices

Migrant Ninja Tip - In most cases, any financial support for new migrants is applicable only after 104 weeks of arriving in the country.

Source: www.centrelink.gov.au