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Lanyon bogans coming North for their Centrelink needs! (And Civic Medicare to close)

By johnboy - 21 June 2012 33

Senator Humphries has the chilling news that the Lanyon Centrelink shopfront is being closed in July with horrible consequences for the city as their clients are forced further afield to secure their hand outs!

“The Lanyon Centrelink has been servicing customers since 1999 and today we find out that that service will be gone by this time next month. The Civic Medicare, servicing roughly 400 customers per day, will be shut in August, severely affecting city workers who might want to lodge a claim with Medicare in their lunchtime.

“This is an extraordinary decision – Medicare Civic serves 100,000 customers a year!

“These Human Services shopfronts provide a vital service to Canberrans, but with almost no notice and no explanation the Government has decided they have to go. It’s clear what’s happening here – just another desperate dash for cash”.

Moving on to the Civic Medicare, where’s the nearest alternative?

What’s Your opinion?


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33 Responses to
Lanyon bogans coming North for their Centrelink needs! (And Civic Medicare to close)
Darkfalz 9:59 am 22 Jun 12

Been lodging online for a couple of years. Money straight into my bank the next day, much easier.

Gershwin 9:34 am 22 Jun 12

The Civic Medicare office to moving to Braddon, co-located with Centrelink.

You can save time by:
* registering your bank account details with Medicare for a direct deposit when claiming rather than getting cash. As noted above, you can select a ticket option for that which will get you priority. Yes, that’s an incentive to get people to get on board with electronic funds transfer rather than cash.
* Claiming online via the Medicare website. Last time I looked, there were only selected medical services that can be claimed in this way, but that included general GP consultations. The types of service claimable online will improve, but general GP consults are a large chunk of the medical services cake.

The idea that this is a “Gillard government” thing is laughable. This is a fairly routine service delivery management decision taken that is balancing the demand for services, the rental cost at the current location, and implementing the ongoing co-location of Department of Human Services services branded as Centrelink, Medicare Australia, and Child Support Agency. This has been happening all over the country for the past three years and would not be linked to the current budget environment.

PrinceOfAles 5:01 pm 21 Jun 12

No offence Gary but since when has a member of the Liberal party ever cared what happens to those on welfare? I`m sure uncle Tony would abolish Centrelink completely given half a chance.

greyswandir 4:49 pm 21 Jun 12

Duffbowl said :

I was told as much a month or so ago at the Woden Medicare office. If you have a direct deposit set up, you get to jump to the head of the queue and they process your claim quickly.

This actually happened to me. I had a direct deposit setup, took my ticket, and got served straightaway, never mind the 20 or so odd people who got in there before me. Can’t say I minded, but I did get some fairly unpleasant looks.

Why *wouldn’t* you set up a direct deposit? Maybe my Gen Y is showing here, but it’s like going into banks instead of doing your banking online… inconvenient and time-consuming.

qbngeek 3:19 pm 21 Jun 12

Queanbeyan Medicare is my shopfront of choice. The longest wait I have had there is 3-4 minutes. Always fast, mostly friendly (considering some of the shit they have to deal with). WHy would you waste time in Woden when you can probably drive from Woden to Quangers, go to Medicare and drive back in less time than you line up in Woden Medicare.

EvanJames 3:00 pm 21 Jun 12

Quangers Medicare has the old-fashioned bank line, and I must say the waits there are pretty negligable. I mostly use online or post, but after going to the Doctor it can be handy to grab some cash.

thatsnotme 2:41 pm 21 Jun 12

Closing the Civic Medicare office is a killer. I use the online claims system whenever I can, but it’s very limited with what you can claim through it – seems that any type of consultation that’s not a standard doctor visit can’t be claimed online, so into the office it is.

Personally, I wouldn’t care if I never had to set foot in a Medicare office again – but their online systems need to be up to scratch first.

Duffbowl 2:39 pm 21 Jun 12

harvyk1 said :

Went to Woden Medicare the other day. After I got the ticket from the machine it took another half an hour before I was served, the place was packed. Luckily I realised this was probably going to be the case so I went and got lunch whilst waiting.

With Civic closed (and so is tuggies right now) going to Medicare would easily take an hour of waiting. I do believe it is part of their grand plan of forcing people to get refunds directly deposited into bank accounts, all they need to do is make dealing with them face to face so damn difficult and people will either change their ways or just not claim because it’s too difficult (either way works for the gov’t)

I was told as much a month or so ago at the Woden Medicare office. If you have a direct deposit set up, you get to jump to the head of the queue and they process your claim quickly.

I think the Lanyon Centrelink / Family Assist Office served a purpose when there were a lot of young families in the area. Not sure if the demand still isn’t there.

Chop71 2:36 pm 21 Jun 12

or people could do it online … or over the phone (to a call sentre in India)

basketcase 2:22 pm 21 Jun 12

Things aint getting better, I was in the mall Medicare office lunchtime. 53 people in the queue, 4 servers and 8 people served in 25 minutes including one that was still at the counter after 25 minutes.

I decided to try another day.

Deref 1:49 pm 21 Jun 12

As smart as closing the Civic Canberra Connect office.

arescarti42 1:45 pm 21 Jun 12

The Medicare in Belconnen is marginally closer to the city than the one in Woden.

p1 1:44 pm 21 Jun 12

As much as it will suck for the locals I don’t think closing centrelink in Lanyon will be the biggest problem (although Tuggers used to be pretty busy – I wonder it it will be given increased resources to deal with in influx?).

Closing medicare in the city seems like a pretty weird move?

harvyk1 1:09 pm 21 Jun 12

Went to Woden Medicare the other day. After I got the ticket from the machine it took another half an hour before I was served, the place was packed. Luckily I realised this was probably going to be the case so I went and got lunch whilst waiting.

With Civic closed (and so is tuggies right now) going to Medicare would easily take an hour of waiting. I do believe it is part of their grand plan of forcing people to get refunds directly deposited into bank accounts, all they need to do is make dealing with them face to face so damn difficult and people will either change their ways or just not claim because it’s too difficult (either way works for the gov’t)

Antagonist 1:09 pm 21 Jun 12

Relax, JB. With a Centrelink office available at Tuggeranong Towncentre, I don’t think there will be a northward bogan migration any time soon. I doubt the Lanyon businesses will miss the bogans hanging around out the front of their shops while the fat lazy bludgers who ‘work’ at Centrelink close the office during their lunch hour.

As for nearest Medicare to Civic – closest I know of is Woden.

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