Thanks again bear. I could not get access to that thread ? I can do an Australian degree with James cook university Jcu in Singapore next year I will call Centrelink. Update you all soon .
No worries cripple I wasn't thinking; it's on a password protected board. Nevermind the post is the most relevant to the situation; SUCCESS for hemingway, the relevant information and hopefully success for you too. Cheers bear
Post by lonelywalrus on Dec 14, 2018 11:53:23 GMT 7
Apologies for the late response. I have been studying full time 3-4 units for a year and a half. I have about 4-8 contact hours per week in my Arts degree. Online lectures and concessions provided by disability services at university make university much more bearable with a disability. I was shocked to see that in the guidelines I would be considered fit to work 30 hours a week due the proscribed at home study. Centrelink has never mentioned this, and I have not had any issues with Centrelink, I have provided them my full accurate study details and receive a education support payment.
My advice is to go ahead and study, it makes life a lot more fulfilling and you may be on the way to somewhere you can actually work without having to do impossible manual labor. Centrelink's policy is shameful and misguided. If you were to be kicked off Centrelink, you would still be eligible for Newstart/Youth Allowance while studying, and this should be enough to get by unless you have some unusual expenses so I think it's worth the risk. I wish you all the best and I hope you can study.
Further advice: 1. Talk to and register with Disability Student Services at uni, they will probably talk to you even if you're not a student. You may be able to work out a study plan to accomodate you that you can show to Centrelink. 2. Evaluate the in-person study loads that the universities require, you can find this in the unit guide. 3. Taking 2 units counts as part-time 3 units as full-time. Stay on 3 units and you may have a better chance, as it is around a 30 hour study load (but realistically I have never studied that much in a week). 4. Talk to several people to get to the truth of their advice, most support people at universities and at Centrelink do not have accurate information. 5. It may be best not to discuss your worries about hours and what not and hope for the best. Asking them to look at you more closely could turn out badly. 6. Consider OUA Online Universities Australia - they have courses from ANU and Macquarie which are good universities. Other courses are middling but I enjoyed them enough and they will give you a degree the same as an in-person course.