I think for the 2010-2011 Financial Year my yearly income will be under the threshold due to maternity leave (that is without the Paid Parental Leave). When I do my tax does that mean I get everything I paid throughout the year back?
Also can you opt to take Paid Parental Leave (the 18 weeks from the government) at a later date? e.g. could I plan to start maternity leave in March or April 2011, can I apply to have the PPL start say in July or August 2011?
Just curious because if I get the money back that I have paid for HECS then that will come in handy while on maternity leave, however if I have to take the PPL straight away then it won't matter because that would push me back over the threshold.