Centrelink and Medicare on the road.

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 10:29
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This one is for those who are required to keep in contact with Centrelink or Medicare while traveling.

How do you do it these days? Do you use online services or wait till you get to a regional centre. It seems a lot of us are online these days, but how easy is it to access.

Can anyone help me with info?
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 10:48

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 10:48
If you own a smart mobile you can download the Centrelink App and do most of your transactions online. It also has the function of making appointments. You do have to be registered for online services to use it though.
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Follow Up By: 881 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:33

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:33
How does it go while you are on the road?
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Follow Up By: Notso - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 16:48

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 16:48
Anywhere you get phone reception you can access the system.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert1660 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:51

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 17:51
Almost all towns have a Telstra tower. In fact you really will be surprised where you get coverage. In the middle of nowhere suddenly you phone will receive all of the messages that have been on hold. The key to success, if you are not relying on free WiFi, is Telstra. We might whinge about them but they have the country covered.
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Reply By: Member - Bigred13 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:27

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:27
Hi 881,Yes the easiest way is register for online services,then you get your letters online,notifications,update your finances and I have not had to go to a Centrelink office for anything in the last 18 months.
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Follow Up By: 881 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:32

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:32
Thanks big red. Has this been while you were traveling? Was it easy to use?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigred13 - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:47

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:47
Yes 881,It is very easy to use,all your details are there once you log in,so you can check on anything and what I like is you can keep in touch wherever you have mobile reception .
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:13

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:13
I use the Moble app most of the time.
When planning a trip to a relatively remote area where I have some doubts as to phone coverage, I have simply notified Centrelink I will be incommunicado for X weeks and provide them of the date of my return.

Did this last year when traveling the Kimberley. The last thing I want to concern myself with is keeping in contact with them while on holiday.
Most of the time you may be able to contact them, but you can't always guarantee it.
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Reply By: TomH - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:25

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:25
If you qualify for rent assistance while travelling you have to get your papers to them WITHIN 14 days or you miss out. We didnt get some because we were a couple of days late. We posted them after getting them signed at each vanpark.
You only get it if your van is your ONLY home.

You can sign up for Online its not hard if you have access while travelling
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Follow Up By: Tuco - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 20:02

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 20:02
Rent assistance while travelling?

Please explain....
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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 20:41

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 20:41
Here we go again. Its quite simple and fully legal.
If your caravan is your ONLY HOME, when you pay site fees in a van park it is rent and if you are on a pension you get rent assistance.

We are on Age pensions and so are eligible.
Is exactly the same as if you rent a house in the suburbs and on a pension.

If you doubt me go to the Centrelink webpage and download the form.

To get the full amount of $120 a fortnight you must be paying at least $344.40 a fortnight in rent. Can be at a different park each night.
Forms must be presented within 14 days of payment at each place.

Waits for high indignation.
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Follow Up By: Member - G.T. - Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 17:33

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 17:33
I am doing the same. Don`t know why people get indignant, I`ve paid my taxes so I am entitled. Regards G.T.
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Follow Up By: Member - rooster350 - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 09:35

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 09:35
I know of a couple that own their home, rent it out and get rent assistance whilst travelling...please do not argue with me that I am wrong...the system for them was set up by the relevant authority, even though I believe it to be wrong I say good luck to them..cheers
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Follow Up By: TomH - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:03

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:03
Rooster you are not wrong but it is wrong that they get it as it only supposed to go to people who do not have a home other than the one they live in and pay rent to live where they .

I would be ringing the dob in line.

You can go to Centrelink and say the same to 3 people and get 3 different answers and in our case all were incorrect
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Follow Up By: Member - rooster350 - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:48

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:48
It was set up by CentreLink....yes I do know all about CentrLink, the hassles that I have had over the years...whew and whew again. You just have to say yes sir, no sir and go along for the ride, bumpy as it may be ,and I do have my reasons for not "dobbing" them in (very personal)..cheers
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Follow Up By: Steve in Kakadu - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 23:09

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 23:09
Rent assistance for a caravan park while travelling, yep that would have to be the best rort out.

In my honest opinion, it is theft.
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Follow Up By: TomH - Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 07:58

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 07:58
Sorry but you are way out of line Steve.

If you dont own a house ANYWHERE and the only home you have is the caravan, Centrelink class that as your home.
As you dont own any land either you pay rent to occupy a site in a van park.

If you live in the suburbs and dont OWN the house you live in and pay rent to live there it is the same.
The fact that your house has wheels is immaterial.

However in the case above where someone rents out their family home and then gets rent assistance, that is FRAUD plain and simple.

Even if Centrelink mistakenly gave it to them, because the rules quite plainly say you cant OWN a home and get rent assistance.

ALso its the same as living in a " Manufactured Home" park where you pay a weekly fee to live and dont pay the rates etc.
You are eligible for rent assistance as long as you live there. Dont blame us , we were told to apply by Centrelink.
You do however have to be on a pension to qualify.

Have had this argument before both on here and other forums and believe me we dont get a penny more than we are entitled to out of Centrelink. Not even a full pension!!.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 13:10

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 13:10
With the app and smartphone you can take pictures of any documents required and transmit them straightaway direct to Centrelink which saves a lot of grief.
The same can be done with Medicare.
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