Today is a massive day for me! I am finally releasing for sale my Your Family Budget ebook.

I want to tell you a bit about the story of why I created Your Family Budget, and the ebook with the same name. We had friends over one night who were expecting their first child a few weeks later and they were telling us their whole Centrelink story. The application for Parental Leave Pay, going into Centrelink, logging in online… going back into to Centrelink. You get the picture.

I kept making suggestions here and there so after they left, my husband turned to me and said ‘you know this stuff, why aren’t you teaching it to everyone?’ I told him I would go and get a degree in Centrelink and think about it.

But I did think about it and I started looking at all the information online – and there is so much information online! But it was all basic information, and the devil is definitely in the detail when it comes to this stuff. I started reading the legislation and also the explanations that are found deep deep in the Department of Social Services website. It’s all there, but no one has ever put it together into one package and said ‘here it is, everything you need to know and how to do it in a way that is easy to understand.’ At the moment you have to keep looking for everything on lots of website pages.

So this is exactly what I have done. I’ve read, written and used the experience of going through it myself with my kids. Now I want to explain it to everyone who needs to know how to understand and specifically apply for Parental Leave Pay, Dad and Partner Pay, Childcare Benefit and Childcare Rebate.

I’ve put a huge amount of time and effort into creating this ebook and I genuinely feel that it will help you navigate through the process in a way that makes it easier for you. But this website isn’t just about the ebook.  With my website and Facebook page, there are always new things that you need to know and I plan to keep sharing information with you. So thank you for reading this and I hope I can help make things easier for you in your parenting journey.

Lisa