Proof of birth or adoption
Proof of birth
You have several options for giving us proof of birth.
Express Plus Families mobile app or Centrelink Online Services
When your baby is born, you will get a Newborn Child Claim for Paid Parental Leave, Family Assistance and Medicare form from your hospital or midwife in the Parent Pack. Instead of filling out the paper form, you may be able to use the Express Plus Families mobile app or Centrelink Online Services to give us proof of birth and enrol your child with Medicare. To use this option, you need to have submitted a pre-birth claim for your payment.
You need to get your doctor or midwife to fill out, sign and stamp the back page of the paper form. For home births, your midwife must sign and provide their registration and contact numbers. Take a photo or scan the completed back page. Then, use the app or Centrelink Online Services to enter some details and send us the image.
You will not be able to use this option if:
- you have not received advice that we have assessed your claim
- your circumstances have changed since you claimed your payment
- you want to change your claim choice from Parental Leave Pay to Baby Bonus, or from Baby Bonus to Parental Leave Pay
- you want to change your Paid Parental Leave period start date
- you are transferring your Parental Leave Pay to another person
- your child is from a previous relationship
- your partner or someone other than you is claiming Family Tax Benefit for your child
- you will share the care of your child
- your child has left your care
- your child has entered your care as part of an adoption or surrogacy arrangement
If you are claiming Dad and Partner Pay and your partner uses this option for their Parental Leave Pay, Baby Bonus or Family Tax Benefit claim, we will also use it as proof of birth for your Dad and Partner Pay claim.
You can download the Express Plus Families mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. To use the app, you need to be registered for Centrelink Online Services (access level 3). Once you have logged on, select the Add Newborn icon and follow the instructions. The icon will not appear if you did not lodge a claim for payment before your baby’s birth or if we have not assessed your claim yet. You may need to lodge the paper form and/or a birth certificate.
To use Centrelink Online Services to give us proof of birth and enrol your child with Medicare, log on and select Add Newborn Child from the Family Assistance menu and follow the instructions. If you do not have a Centrelink Online Services account, you can register for one.
Complete the Newborn Child Claim for Paid Parental Leave, Family Assistance and Medicare form your hospital or midwife will give you when your baby is born and return it to us. Make sure your doctor or midwife has filled out, signed and stamped the back page. For home births, your midwife must sign and provide their registration and contact numbers.
If you are claiming Dad and Partner Pay and your partner is lodging this form for Parental Leave Pay, Baby Bonus or Family Tax Benefit, we will also use it as proof of birth for your Dad and Partner Pay claim.
This form also enrols your child with Medicare and, if you choose, registers them for an eHealth record.
You can bring a birth certificate to your nearest Centrelink or Medicare Service Centre or submit it online.
Registering your child’s birth
If you are a parent of the child and you are claiming Dad and Partner Pay, Parental Leave Pay or Baby Bonus, you also need to register or apply to register their birth. You also need to do this to receive the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.
To find out how to register your child’s birth, refer to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry in your state or territory.
You do not need to register the birth if your child is born outside Australia, adopted or stillborn.
Proof of adoption
To prove adoption, take the adoption papers to your nearest Centrelink or Medicare Service Centre or submit them online.