I’m currently on family leave from my job & receiving partnered parenting payments from Centrelink. Whilst the payment isn’t huge it is helping me stay home while our children are young.
Last month our health insurance policy changed & gastric banding is no longer covered on our policy.
I have the option of using my superannuation to pay for the surgery- $22000. However I keep receiving conflicting information. I have to apply through Centrelink for the early release of my super. I know the $22000 will be taxed but does it count towards my income which up until this point has been $0.
Has anyone got any first hand information? Telling me to call Centrelink etc is not a helpful answer nor is saying I need to go on a diet.
Due to returning to work next year this needs to happen in the next six months & financially increasing health insurance at present isn’t possible.
Also, I do not meet the criteria for a sleeve via the public system.