Stillborn Baby Payment
A payment to help you if your baby is stillborn.
- you’ve recently had a baby who was stillborn
- you pass the income test or can receive Family Tax Benefit Part A
- you’re not receiving Parental Leave Pay for the same baby
Eligibility & payment rates
You may be able to receive this payment if:
- you recently had a baby who was stillborn
- you or your partner would have been the baby’s main carer
- you and your partner:
- earn below the limit in the income test, or
- pass the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test
- you don’t receive Parental Leave Pay for the same baby
- you meet the residence rules about living in Australia
What stillborn means
A stillborn baby is one who:
- has not breathed since delivery, and
- has no heartbeat after their birth, and
- weighs at least 400 grams at their birth or had a gestation period of at least 20 weeks
You don’t need to register the baby’s birth with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry.
The test uses your family’s adjusted taxable income. We ask what you expect this to be for the 6 months after your baby’s birth.
The limit is an income of $60,000 in the 6 months after your baby’s birth.
If you don’t pass this test
You may still receive this payment if you receive Family Tax Benefit Part A for another child within 52 weeks of your baby’s birth.
To pass this test you must be:
- able to receive some Family Tax Benefit Part A for other children, and
- receiving it for at least part of the 52 weeks after you give birth to the stillborn baby
To receive Stillborn Baby Payment, you must meet residence rules within 26 weeks of your baby's birth. You must be living in Australia and either:
This payment is:
- a one off lump sum
- tax free
It can be part of Income Management.
For one baby
- $2,127.23 if this is your first stillborn baby
- $1,064.35 if this is not your first stillborn baby
If you have a multiple birth
- $2,127.23 for each stillborn baby, or
- Parental Leave Pay for one and Stillborn Baby Payment of $2,127.23 for others
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- fill in the application form
- get any documents the form asks for
- submit your form and documents
- wait for us to assess your claim and let you know the result
Managing your payment
At the end of the financial year we balance your family payments.
What this means
This is where we:
- the income estimate you gave us at the start of the year, and
- what your family really earned for the year
- pay you a top up if you earned less
- ask you pay back an overpayment if you earned more
Why you might need to repay Stillborn Baby Payment
You may need to pay it back if:
- you received this payment under the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test, but
- at the end of the year we find you weren’t eligible for Family Tax Benefit at the time
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