Proof of birth or adoption

You need to give us proof of birth or adoption before we can finalise your claim for some payments.

Proof of birth

When your baby is born, you will get a Parent Pack from your hospital or midwife. Inside, there will be a Newborn Child Claim for Paid Parental Leave, Family Assistance and Medicare form.

You can then use one of the following options to give us proof of birth.

Express Plus Families mobile app or your Centrelink online account

To use this option, you need to have submitted a pre-birth claim for your payment. A pre-birth claim can be submitted online up to 3 months before the expected date of birth or adoption of your child.

Once your child arrives, instead of filling out the paper form, you can use the Express Plus Families mobile app or your Centrelink online account to give us proof of birth and enrol your child with Medicare.

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 of or scan the completed back page. Then, use the app or your Centrelink online account to enter some details and send us the image.

You will not be able to use this option if:

  • you have not received advice 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.

Express Plus Families app

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 to use your Centrelink online account at 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 yet assessed your claim. If you do not see the icon, you will need to lodge the paper form or a birth certificate.

Online account

To use your Centrelink online account, log on and select Add Newborn Child from the Family Assistance menu and follow the instructions. If you do not have a Centrelink online account, you can register for one.

Newborn Child Claim form

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.

Birth certificate

Submit the birth certificate online, or take it to your nearest service centre.

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, submit the adoption papers online, or take them to your nearest service centre.