Claiming Stillborn Baby Payment

You have up to 52 weeks starting on your baby’s date of birth to make a claim.

Before you start

Check if you’re eligible for this payment before you start your claim.

If you’re unable to submit your claim within 52 weeks after the birth of your baby, we may extend the period if there was severe illness associated with the birth or when a claim for Parental Leave Pay has been rejected.

Have the following information handy before you complete your claim for Stillborn Baby Payment:

  • Centrelink Reference Numbers for you and your partner, if applicable
  • passport numbers for you and your partner, if applicable
  • the date you or your partner first arrived in Australia if you were not born in Australia
  • details of periods you were outside Australia, if applicable
  • your bank account details
  • tax file numbers for you and your partner
  • details about the hospital where your baby was delivered
  • income details for you and your partner

You don’t need to register the birth with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry in your state or territory.

Claiming options

You can claim Stillborn Baby Payment online or using a form.

Start your claim online

If you already have a myGov account

Sign in to myGov to link to your Centrelink online account and do your Centrelink business.

Sign in to myGov

If you have a Centrelink online account

To do your business online, you need a myGov account and a Centrelink online account.

If you don't have a myGov account, create one today. Once you have created your account, you can link it to your Centrelink online account. Watch the video and read more on how to link your online account to myGov.

Create a myGov account

If you don't have a Centrelink online account

If you’ve been a Centrelink customer before

You’ll have a Customer Reference Number. Use this to register for an online account.

This is anyone who’s had a payment or concession from us before, no matter how long ago.

If you haven’t been a Centrelink customer before

Visit a service centre and tell us you want to register for an online account. You’ll need to bring photo ID with you.

This is anyone who’s never had a payment or concession from us before.

Register

If you are unable to claim online

You can claim Stillborn Baby Payment using a claim form.

By form

Complete the Claim for Bereavement Payment form the hospital or registered midwife gave you. If you haven’t received a form, print a Claim and Notes for Bereavement Payment form.

If you complete the entire form, you don’t need to submit a claim online.

If you don’t have access to a printer, you can pick up the form from a service centre or call the Families line and we’ll send you one.

Supporting documents

You may need to provide some other documents to support your claim, such as:

  • the Proof of Birth declaration on the back of the Claim for Bereavement Payment form – this must be completed by the attending Doctor or Midwife
  • a letter from the attending Doctor or Midwife that verifies the mother’s full name and the baby's gender, date of birth, place of birth, weight and gestation period
  • Income details

Submit your claim

Online

If you’re claiming online, you can submit most supporting documents electronically at the end of the process.

Read more about submitting your documents online.

By form

Submit your form and supporting documents by post or in person at a service centre.

Claim outcome

We’ll tell you if your claim is successful. If you’re eligible for Stillborn Baby Payment, we’ll let you know when you’ll get your payment and how much you’ll be paid.

You always have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.

Page last updated: 18 May 2017