Family Update
03/23/2017 at 23:21. Facebook
You may have heard a little voice or even a catchy tune tell you that everybody needs good neighbours...

On Neighbour Day, Australia celebrates community and encourages people to connect with each other in their neighbourhoods. This year's theme is 'The Importance of Social Connection for the Elderly'.

One of our Family Update Team understands the importance of being a good neighbour. "We...
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Family Update
03/23/2017 at 22:27. Facebook
Some staff members are participating in industrial action this afternoon. The department has put measures in place to ensure that there will be minimal disruption to customer service today and payments will not be affected.

You will still be able to complete your urgent business over the phone or at a service centre. If you don't need to contact us urgently, we encourage you to use our...
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Self service - Australian Government Department of Human Services
Family Update
03/23/2017 at 02:02. Facebook
If you've ever wondered about the clouds in your coffee and you're not so weather-vane - the Bureau of Meteorology are answering all your cloud related questions right now!
#WorldMetDay #UnderstandingClouds

Ask BOM Live: Understanding Clouds

Family Update
03/22/2017 at 00:19. Facebook
Have you lodged a tax return for the 2015-2016 financial year? We need this information or you may miss out on family assistance, including the Family Tax Benefit supplements.

You and your partner need to lodge your tax returns for the 2015-2016 financial year--or tell us that you don't need to lodge a tax return--by 30 June 2017. If you don't need to lodge a tax return, the easiest way to...
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Family Update
03/21/2017 at 02:35. Facebook
Today’s World Social Work Day, a day to recognise and celebrate the work social workers do to support people in need. One of our social workers Emma, tell us about what she does and the work she does with the Victorian Magistrates Court.

Through our social workers we support people experiencing family and domestic violence. We provide information, resources and referrals. Find out more here:...
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Family Update
03/21/2017 at 00:03. Facebook
Happy Harmony Day from our Multicultural Service Officers!

Read, watch or listen to information in your language in over 60 languages on topics like parenting payments, Family Tax Benefit, Immunisation, and more at:
Today is a
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

All bullying is hurtful and if it continues, it can lead to serious and enduring harm. For some young people, bullying takes the form of repeated teasing and name-calling. For others bullying ends in social exclusion or verbal or physical assault. Bullying can also occur online - this is cyberbullying.

Bullying doesn't just...
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The Seniors Update team have shared some important info from the Australian Taxation Office about email scams.

Key tips to protect yourself against tax scammers - MEDIA HUB
Complete most of your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business yourself, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online services and phone self service.

Self service - Australian Government Department of Human Services
Bullying is NEVER OK. This year the
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence will be held on 17 March.

It's an opportunity for the whole school community to 'take a stand together' against bullying and violence. The day is an initiative of all Australian education authorities. More information about this here:

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
In Australia 27 per cent of students say they're being bullied at least every few weeks. 13.5 per cent of students report there has been lies spread about them at school.

As part of their work helping protect the children of Australia, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation have set up the National Centre Against Bullying.

There's lots of advice and information for parents, schools and kids...
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It's Multiple Birth Awareness Week and it was both heartbreaking and heart-warming to hear about staff member Shaune's experience when his wife gave birth to twins.

"At 26 weeks Sarah's waters broke and she went into labour. Madeline and Emily were born at a tiny 825 grams and 901 grams respectively. In the girls 40th week--their original due date, they finally went home and they haven't...
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Reflecting on Multiple Birth Awareness Week - MEDIA HUB
This year's theme for Multiple Births Awareness Week (12-19 March) is 'Born a multiple; also an individual'.

Bringing a new baby home is challenging. A new tiny person totally dependent on you is enough to throw any family out of balance. Bringing home twins, triplets or other multiple birth children adds a whole different dimension. Your family and friends, despite their best intentions, may...
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In this video from the Australian Department of Health, Trish tells her story how regular breast screening checks and early detection made the difference in her cancer treatment.
Monday 13 March 2017 is a public holiday in #ACT, #SA, #TAS and #VIC - we won't be able to respond to your questions on social media until Tuesday so we appreciate your patience until we have all hands back on deck.

If it's a public holiday in your state or territory then service and call centres will be closed. If you are due to report your income on Monday and live in one of these states...
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Some important information for women from the Australian Department of Health about how breast screening is helping save lives.
Multicultural Service Officer Tanya shares her journey and talks about the challenges she's faced. Today, she helps newly arrived migrant women overcome the same challenges.
From 1 January 2017 the way Reportable Fringe Benefits affect your family assistance payments changed. If you receive fringe benefits from certain not for profit organisations, you may be exempt from these changes. It's best to talk to your employer to find out if this is the case.

More information is available in the online tutorial guide [ Link ]

If your reportable fringe...
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Express Plus Centrelink mobile app - updating family income estimate tutorial

The way we assess reportable fringe benefits is changed from 1 January 2017. To make sure you get the right amount of family assistance, you might need to up...

Exciting news! Follow Seniors Update for regular news, updates and information for older Australians.
To learn your child is bullying others can be quite a shock. But if it's happening, you need to step up - and step in.

Parents have an important role to play in helping children learn how to stop bullying and build caring and respectful relationships with other people.

If your child is involved in bullying behaviours, the Raising Children Network has some great information for parents on a...
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