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TasBurrfootTasBurrfoot OsakaTotal Reaction Points: 261Member, Moderator
edited October 2012 in Family Matters Posts: 4,297
I hope I am not duplicating any previous post but I would just want to inquire a rough ballpark figure of the costs related to giving birth - from the check-ups all the way to the maternity room.

Also, I am really more interested hearing from a PR's point of view (probably less than 2 years in Oz) - thanks guys and happy week ahead! ;)
Primary Applicant: Wife
Accountant (General): 221111

04 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module)
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17 Aug 2012 - IELTS Results (L: 8.5 R: 8.5 W: 7.0 S: 7.5 OBS: 8.0)
24 Aug 2012 - CPAA Submitted (docs mailed same day via SG EMS)
25 Sep 2012 - Received +Skills Assessment from CPAA
25 Sep 2012 - Lodged EOI Application with 70pts
30 Sep 2012 - Invited by DIAC to apply for 189 Visa
01 Oct 2012 - Submitted 189 Visa Application
20 Oct 2012 - Medical Examinations
23 Oct 2012 - CO Assigned; Team 7 - SA
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03 Apr 2013 - Flight to MEL
03 Jun 2013 - started work
12 Jun 2013 - wife started work
15 Jun 2016 - applied for citizenship
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  • ricsheiricshei SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 3Member
    Posts: 37
    nice @ psychoboy - family planning really matters :)
    Nominated Occupation - Accountant (General) ANZSCO 221111
    17.11.2012 - IELTS Test (Academic Module)
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  • TasBurrfootTasBurrfoot OsakaTotal Reaction Points: 261Member, Moderator
    Posts: 4,297
    nice @ psychoboy - family planning really matters :)
    Yes, yes - it is better to be prepared Sir...
    Primary Applicant: Wife
    Accountant (General): 221111

    04 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module)
    07 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module) Speaking Part
    17 Aug 2012 - IELTS Results (L: 8.5 R: 8.5 W: 7.0 S: 7.5 OBS: 8.0)
    24 Aug 2012 - CPAA Submitted (docs mailed same day via SG EMS)
    25 Sep 2012 - Received +Skills Assessment from CPAA
    25 Sep 2012 - Lodged EOI Application with 70pts
    30 Sep 2012 - Invited by DIAC to apply for 189 Visa
    01 Oct 2012 - Submitted 189 Visa Application
    20 Oct 2012 - Medical Examinations
    23 Oct 2012 - CO Assigned; Team 7 - SA
    05 Nov 2012 - Submitted SG PCC and NBI Clearance
    06 Nov 2012 - Visa Granted (IED: 23/10/2013)
    03 Apr 2013 - Flight to MEL
    03 Jun 2013 - started work
    12 Jun 2013 - wife started work
    15 Jun 2016 - applied for citizenship
    29 Jul 2016 - citizenship examination
    20 Oct 2016 - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie Oi Oi Oi!!
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  • ricsheiricshei SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 3Member
    Posts: 37
    really looking forward to any feedback on this topic.... its one of my many concerns isama na ang childcare (",)
    Nominated Occupation - Accountant (General) ANZSCO 221111
    17.11.2012 - IELTS Test (Academic Module)
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  • tita_vechtita_vech MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 3Member
    Posts: 79
    Kung PR kayo covered naman lahat nang Medicare. I mean kung yung GP nyo ay bulk billing tapos public hospital, libre lahat ito.

    May option kayo to go private, just make sure na maganda ang private health cover nyo para halos libre din lahat.

    Having said that, hindi naman ako new migrant. Pero experience yan nang friends ko whose been in Oz 4-5 years.

    @ricshei - you might have to specify your location, kasi sa Sydney CBD nakakalula ang cost nang childcare. If you're lucky baka maka-contact ka nang mga pinays in your area na available, laking tipid yon.
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  • fayefaye North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
    Posts: 770
    Interested din ako sa thread na to sana may makasagot thanks in advance! :)
    Skilled – Family Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
    Nominated Occupation: CHEMIST 2111-11
    11/MAY/2011 - IELTS Exam
    20/JUNE/2011 - Lodged Online Visa Application
    15/FEB/2012 - CO Allocation
    26/JUNE/2012 - VISA GRANTED! Thank you Lord!
    11/APR/2013 - Initial Entry Date Deadline
    10/MAR/2013 - Arrived in Sydney :)

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  • donkingdonking MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 258
    @faye uuuyyyy... :-D
    April 24, 2011 - Submitted CDR to EA
    May 6, 2011 - IELTS BC OBS 7.0
    August 25, 2011 - Received positive assessment from EA
    February 22, 2012 - Resat IELTS IDP OBS 7.5
    April 13, 2012 - Applied SS SA
    May 1, 2012 - Received positive response from SA
    May 10, 2012 - Pre-lodgement to DIAC
    May 31, 2012 - Lodgement to DIAC
    May 31, 2012 - South Australia sent form 1100 to DIAC
    June 4, 2012 - application being processed further...
    June 4, 2012 - C.O. allocated
    June 4, 2012 - request for PCC and medicals
    June 6, 2012 - Medicals done
    June 7, 2012 - NBI
    June 8, 2012 - further medical results received
    June 27, 2012 - All medicals finalised
    July 2, 2012 - Visa Grant
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  • li_i_renli_i_ren North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 23Member
    Posts: 434
    for PR holders who have met the 1 year ata na condition sa residency nila ..there shouldn't be a problem meaning libre lahat under medicare..pero ung mga kids benefits i had a look at centrelink like baby bonus/ carer benefits.. 2 years waiting period po.

    private naman.. 3000 aud normal deliver. 6000 aud for CS... if you have insurance, you can claim for those but remember you have to hold that insurance for 1 year already if not you won't be eligible to make claims for pregnancy either public/ private or whatever rules your insurance company has with those things.

    pero may catch po for the primary visa holders if not permanent residents, apparently like me, im the primary visa holder of my family..if i get pregnant and will be unable to work as mandated by my visa then there is a chance my visa will be cancelled and we will be sent home since i have a work visa type. there was a nurse in brisbane who got pregnant and got her visa cancelled..kasi less than 1 year pa sila dito sa oz and though she was able to work until her 2nd trimester..she really couldn't go on na for health reasons i guess and had to request time off from work but the hospital couldn't give her prolong leave and had to cancel her visa.

    so if not a permanent resident and in oz for less than a year or 2 better check with your employers what are you're entitlement..kasi mahirap mawalan ng work.

    2 words: birth control.
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  • bellecaye_18bellecaye_18 MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 15
    Hi! I just gave birth last Sep 30 here in Melbourne. We're holders of PR visa and we got here in AU mid of January... So, we've only been here for 8.5 months when I gave birth.

    I didn't pay a single centavo for the check-ups, tests (i.e. blood test, glucose, etc), ultrasound and delivery / hospital stay... We just used Medicare for everything. I was under shared cared... Meaning I was seeing a GP in the community health centre and an OB in the the hopital (Mercy Hospital for Women which is a first-class public hospital).

    As for the pregnancy vitamins like Vitamin D and multivitamins, I purchased it from the Chemist.

    For the benefits, I'm entitled to claim Baby Bonus which does not have residency requirement. :)
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  • TasBurrfootTasBurrfoot OsakaTotal Reaction Points: 261Member, Moderator
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    Hi! I just gave birth last Sep 30 here in Melbourne. We're holders of PR visa and we got here in AU mid of January... So, we've only been here for 8.5 months when I gave birth.

    I didn't pay a single centavo for the check-ups, tests (i.e. blood test, glucose, etc), ultrasound and delivery / hospital stay... We just used Medicare for everything. I was under shared cared... Meaning I was seeing a GP in the community health centre and an OB in the the hopital (Mercy Hospital for Women which is a first-class public hospital).

    As for the pregnancy vitamins like Vitamin D and multivitamins, I purchased it from the Chemist.

    For the benefits, I'm entitled to claim Baby Bonus which does not have residency requirement. :)
    This is good news!! ;)
    Primary Applicant: Wife
    Accountant (General): 221111

    04 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module)
    07 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module) Speaking Part
    17 Aug 2012 - IELTS Results (L: 8.5 R: 8.5 W: 7.0 S: 7.5 OBS: 8.0)
    24 Aug 2012 - CPAA Submitted (docs mailed same day via SG EMS)
    25 Sep 2012 - Received +Skills Assessment from CPAA
    25 Sep 2012 - Lodged EOI Application with 70pts
    30 Sep 2012 - Invited by DIAC to apply for 189 Visa
    01 Oct 2012 - Submitted 189 Visa Application
    20 Oct 2012 - Medical Examinations
    23 Oct 2012 - CO Assigned; Team 7 - SA
    05 Nov 2012 - Submitted SG PCC and NBI Clearance
    06 Nov 2012 - Visa Granted (IED: 23/10/2013)
    03 Apr 2013 - Flight to MEL
    03 Jun 2013 - started work
    12 Jun 2013 - wife started work
    15 Jun 2016 - applied for citizenship
    29 Jul 2016 - citizenship examination
    20 Oct 2016 - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie Oi Oi Oi!!
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  • 021607021607 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 4Member
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    Hi! I just gave birth last Sep 30 here in Melbourne. We're holders of PR visa and we got here in AU mid of January... So, we've only been here for 8.5 months when I gave birth.

    I didn't pay a single centavo for the check-ups, tests (i.e. blood test, glucose, etc), ultrasound and delivery / hospital stay... We just used Medicare for everything. I was under shared cared... Meaning I was seeing a GP in the community health centre and an OB in the the hopital (Mercy Hospital for Women which is a first-class public hospital).

    As for the pregnancy vitamins like Vitamin D and multivitamins, I purchased it from the Chemist.

    For the benefits, I'm entitled to claim Baby Bonus which does not have residency requirement. :)
    Hi @bellecaye_18! I am in the same boat as you were in. Pregnant now with our second now, started conceiving on our 5th-6th month here in Brisbane. We landed Australia March 2012. Bilis natin no? I can attest to what you said, there is no need to spend much here, everything is covered by Medicare. The little things I spend for is additional cost of special ultrasound and vitamins. Congrats on your new baby!
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  • li_i_renli_i_ren North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 23Member
    Posts: 434
    @bellecaye_18 good for you! congrats on the baby!:D that's good news to hear na di needed yung 2 years na nasa centrelink para maka claim ng baby bonus as long as PR:)
    abby315
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  • tita_vechtita_vech MandaluyongTotal Reaction Points: 3Member
    Posts: 79
    In addition, blue passport si baby kahit PR palang parents.
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  • fayefaye North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
    Posts: 770
    @bellecaye_18 thanks for the info :)
    Skilled – Family Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
    Nominated Occupation: CHEMIST 2111-11
    11/MAY/2011 - IELTS Exam
    20/JUNE/2011 - Lodged Online Visa Application
    15/FEB/2012 - CO Allocation
    26/JUNE/2012 - VISA GRANTED! Thank you Lord!
    11/APR/2013 - Initial Entry Date Deadline
    10/MAR/2013 - Arrived in Sydney :)

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  • fayefaye North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
    Posts: 770
    @bellecaye_18 applicable din kaya ung free delivery sa NSW kahit na wla pang 1 year stay sa AU? congrats nga pla! :)
    Skilled – Family Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
    Nominated Occupation: CHEMIST 2111-11
    11/MAY/2011 - IELTS Exam
    20/JUNE/2011 - Lodged Online Visa Application
    15/FEB/2012 - CO Allocation
    26/JUNE/2012 - VISA GRANTED! Thank you Lord!
    11/APR/2013 - Initial Entry Date Deadline
    10/MAR/2013 - Arrived in Sydney :)

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  • fayefaye North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
    Posts: 770
    @donking haller! ano na blita? :)
    Skilled – Family Sponsored (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 176)
    Nominated Occupation: CHEMIST 2111-11
    11/MAY/2011 - IELTS Exam
    20/JUNE/2011 - Lodged Online Visa Application
    15/FEB/2012 - CO Allocation
    26/JUNE/2012 - VISA GRANTED! Thank you Lord!
    11/APR/2013 - Initial Entry Date Deadline
    10/MAR/2013 - Arrived in Sydney :)

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  • MetaformMetaform MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 10Member
    Posts: 505
    @bellecaye_18 This is my most favorite post in the history of my favorite posts.
    Hi! I just gave birth last Sep 30 here in Melbourne. We're holders of PR visa and we got here in AU mid of January... So, we've only been here for 8.5 months when I gave birth.

    I didn't pay a single centavo for the check-ups, tests (i.e. blood test, glucose, etc), ultrasound and delivery / hospital stay... We just used Medicare for everything. I was under shared cared... Meaning I was seeing a GP in the community health centre and an OB in the the hopital (Mercy Hospital for Women which is a first-class public hospital).

    As for the pregnancy vitamins like Vitamin D and multivitamins, I purchased it from the Chemist.

    For the benefits, I'm entitled to claim Baby Bonus which does not have residency requirement. :)
    CO and Visa Grant: 9 Oct 2012
    The beginning of the rest of our lives: January 4, 2013
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  • bellecaye_18bellecaye_18 MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 15
    @faye: Yes, you can avail the service of public hospitals & health centres free-of-charge (i.e. bulk bill) as long as you're a PR visa holder and you have Medicare. :)
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  • bellecaye_18bellecaye_18 MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 15
    @tita_vech: Yup, that's right. Baby is automatically an Australian citizen being born here in AU... Though we would want him to have dual citizenship so he'll have his options in the future. :)
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  • TasBurrfootTasBurrfoot OsakaTotal Reaction Points: 261Member, Moderator
    Posts: 4,297
    @tita_vech: Yup, that's right. Baby is automatically an Australian citizen being born here in AU... Though we would want him to have dual citizenship so he'll have his options in the future. :)
    He will get AU citizenship for sure as parents are PR but isn't he also a Filipino citizen at the same time? Kumbago, dual citizen na kid?
    Primary Applicant: Wife
    Accountant (General): 221111

    04 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module)
    07 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module) Speaking Part
    17 Aug 2012 - IELTS Results (L: 8.5 R: 8.5 W: 7.0 S: 7.5 OBS: 8.0)
    24 Aug 2012 - CPAA Submitted (docs mailed same day via SG EMS)
    25 Sep 2012 - Received +Skills Assessment from CPAA
    25 Sep 2012 - Lodged EOI Application with 70pts
    30 Sep 2012 - Invited by DIAC to apply for 189 Visa
    01 Oct 2012 - Submitted 189 Visa Application
    20 Oct 2012 - Medical Examinations
    23 Oct 2012 - CO Assigned; Team 7 - SA
    05 Nov 2012 - Submitted SG PCC and NBI Clearance
    06 Nov 2012 - Visa Granted (IED: 23/10/2013)
    03 Apr 2013 - Flight to MEL
    03 Jun 2013 - started work
    12 Jun 2013 - wife started work
    15 Jun 2016 - applied for citizenship
    29 Jul 2016 - citizenship examination
    20 Oct 2016 - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie Oi Oi Oi!!
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  • bellecaye_18bellecaye_18 MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
    Posts: 15
    Thanks everyone for the congratulatory greetings. :)

    Having a baby in a different country like AU is very challenging esp. if you don't have immediate family or relatives to help you. In our case, we only have friends here so we just have ourselves (hubby, me & 11-year old son) to rely on in raising the baby... No extra help unlike when I gave birth to my eldest in Manila.

    The first two weeks were a struggle but eventually things get better... I guess, we just need to live one day at a time to survive. :)
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