Proof of birth or adoption

You need to give us proof of your child’s birth or adoption before we can finalise your claim for Parental Leave Pay, Family Tax Benefit or Dad and Partner Pay.

Proof of birth

When your baby is born, you will get a Parent Pack from your hospital or midwife that includes a Newborn Child Declaration. The Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration on the last page must be signed by a doctor or midwife. Use this declaration to give us proof of your child’s birth.

We only need to receive proof of your child’s birth once. Use the signed declaration to:

If you misplace your Newborn Child Declaration, it cannot be reissued. However, you can still claim the same payments and services by providing either:

  • a birth certificate or certified extract
  • a letter from the doctor or midwife who attended the birth, including home births, which must include:
    • the details of the child’s parents
    • your child’s name, date and place of birth
    • the doctor or midwife’s signature, qualifications and registration number, or
  • Australian Government documents that verify the child's name and date of birth, such as a passport or naturalisation certificate

Proof of adoption

When you adopt a child, you will receive adoption papers that confirm the adoption process has commenced. Use the adoption papers to:

Read more about payments and services when adopting a child.

Registering your child’s birth

You will be provided with a birth registration form at the hospital once your baby is born. You are required to register the birth of your child with your state or territory government to receive some payments. 

Read more about registering your child's birth.

Submit proof of birth or adoption to claim a payment

Once your baby is born you must submit your proof of birth or proof of adoption to complete your claim for a payment, even if you started your claim as early as 3 months before your child was born or adopted.

If you submitted a claim before your child’s birth or adoption

If you submitted a claim for Family Tax Benefit or Parental Leave Pay before your child’s birth or adoption, you need to complete it now that your child is born. To submit your proof of birth or adoption online:

  1. log on to your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
  2. from the menu, select Add newborn child in your online account or Add Newborn in the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
  3. answer all the questions and attach a scan or photo of:
    • your child’s proof of birth: the signed Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration found on the back of your Newborn Child Declaration, or
    • the adoption papers if your child is adopted

If you are submitting a claim after your child’s birth or adoption

If you are submitting a claim for Family Tax Benefit, Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay after your child’s birth or adoption you can submit your proof of birth or adoption online with your claim for:

To submit your proof of birth or adoption online:

  1. log on to your Centrelink online account through myGov
  2. select Make a Claim
  3. answer all the questions and attach a scan or photo of:
  4. your child’s proof of birth: the signed Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration found on the back of your Newborn Child Declaration, or
  5. your adoption papers if your child is adopted

Read more about self service options.

Enrolling your child in Medicare

If you are claiming Family Tax Benefit or Parental Leave Pay, you can use your proof of birth or adoption to enrol your child for Medicare and Medicare Safety Net and register for eHealth as a part of your online claim.

If you are not claiming any payments you can still:

  • enrol your newborn child for Medicare and Medicare Safety Net and register for eHealth by completing the Newborn Child Declaration and returning it to your local service centre or by post to the address on the declaration. Only the birth mother can register a newborn child for eHealth using the Newborn Child Declaration.
  • enrol your adopted child for Medicare and Medicare Safety Net and register for eHealth by submitting a Medicare enrolment application with supporting documents in person at your local service centre or by post to:
    Department of Human Services
    GPO BOX 9822
    in your capital city

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