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
A 'stillborn' is a baby:
- who weighed at least 400 grams at delivery or whose period of gestation was at least 20 weeks, and
- who has not breathed since delivery, and
- whose heart has not beaten since delivery
To meet the income test, your family’s estimated combined adjustable taxable income must be $60,000 or less in the 6 months after your baby’s birth.
If you don’t meet this test, you might still meet the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test.
To meet this test, you must be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A at a rate greater than nil, for other children within 52 weeks of the birth of your baby.
To be eligible for Stillborn Baby Payment, you must meet 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, such as a partner provisional or temporary protection visa
Stillborn Baby Payment is a lump sum payment and isn’t taxable.
- $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, you may get:
- $2,127.23 for each stillborn baby, or
- Parental Leave Pay for a baby, if eligible, 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:
- find out what you need before starting your claim
- choose your claiming option
- provide supporting documents
- submit your claim
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your payment
At the end of the financial year, we balance your family assistance payments.
If you got Stillborn Baby Payment under the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test and we assess you had no entitlement to Family Tax Benefit Part A on the day your Stillborn Baby Payment was paid, you may need to pay it back.
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.