Having a baby or adopting a child
Payments & services
Explore payments based on your situation.
We have a range of services and payments to help new parents, including Parental Leave Pay, Dad and Partner Pay, and Baby Bonus.
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To help cover the costs involved with having a new child, we provide payments and services to:
- parents of newborns
- parents of recently adopted children (from within Australia or overseas), and
- surrogacy birth mothers.
The Paid Parental Leave scheme provides financial support to eligible working parents when they take time off work to care for a new child. There are two payments available under the scheme—Parental Leave Pay for a child's primary carer and Dad and Partner Pay, which is available for dads or partners (including adopting parents and same sex couples) from 1 January 2013.
Baby Bonus is paid in 13 fortnightly instalments after the birth of a child. You can also claim it for adopted children who enter your care before they turn 16 years old.
An income test applies to Baby Bonus. This is based on your family's income for the first six months after your child is born or adopted. If your family does not qualify for Baby Bonus, you may be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.
Parental Leave Pay and Baby Bonus can’t be paid for the same child. If you meet the eligibility criteria for both payments, you can choose which one is the best financial decision for your family. You can use our estimator to help work this out.
If you are 19 years old or under, get Parenting Payment and live in one of 10 selected Local Government Areas, we'll contact you when your child is six months old to see how you are going as part of the Helping Young Parents measure.
To add a newborn baby (up to and including 52 weeks of age) to your Medicare card you will need to complete a Newborn Child Claim for Family Assistance and Medicare form. This form is included in the information pack given to parents after the birth of their child, either in hospital or from a registered midwife for a home birth.
If you adopt a child from overseas, you can add them to your Medicare card from the date they arrive in Australia if they are on either a permanent resident visa, or a temporary visa with an application lodged for permanent residence.
The Australian Childhood Immunisation Register is a national register that records vaccinations given to children under seven years old.
There are a range of government and community organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful.
Australia.gov.au connects you to information and services across Australia including information on starting a family.
eHealth.gov.au provides information on how to register your child for an eHealth record. An eHealth record allows you and your doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to view and share health information and find the best possible care.
Family Relationships Online provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution.
mychild.gov.au provides information about different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care.