Stillborn Baby Payment
Financial support to help families whose baby was stillborn.
- your baby was stillborn
- meet an income test or be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A
- not be receiving Parental Leave Pay for the same baby
Eligibility & payment rates
You may be eligible for Stillborn Baby Payment if:
- your baby was stillborn
- you or your partner would have been the primary carer of the baby
- you meet the income test or the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test
- you meet residence requirements
To meet the income test, your family’s estimated combined adjustable taxable income must be $60,000 or less for the 6 months after your baby’s birth.
If you don’t meet this test, you may meet the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test.
To meet this test, you must be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A or become eligible for it within 52 weeks of the birth of your baby. You must be eligible at a rate greater than nil.
You can only meet this test if you have other children.
To be eligible for Stillborn Baby Payment, you must satisfy residence requirements within 26 weeks of your baby's birth. You must be living in Australia and:
- have Australian citizenship
- hold a permanent visa
- hold a special category visa, or
- hold a certain temporary visa type, for example, a partner provisional or temporary protection visa
Stillborn Baby Payment is a lump sum payment and is not taxable.
It is $2,127.23 if the baby is the mother's first stillborn child. It is $1,064.35 if the baby is not the mother's first stillborn child.
If you have a multiple birth, you may receive a Stillborn Baby Payment of $2,127.23 for each stillborn baby. Or, you may be eligible to receive Parental Leave Pay for a baby and Stillborn Baby Payment of $2,127.23 for other babies.
Stillborn Baby Payment may be subject to Income Management.
Once you have read about eligibility, the next steps are:
- decide how you will submit your claim
- complete and submit your claim
- provide supporting documentation
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your payment
At the end of the financial year, we will balance your family assistance payments.
If you have received the Stillborn Baby Payment under the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test and you are assessed as having no entitlement to Family Tax Benefit Part A on the day your Stillborn Baby Payment was paid, you may need to pay it back.
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