Before your baby is born
There is financial help available when you have a baby.
You may be eligible for one or more of our payments. If so, you can start the claim process as early as 3 months before you expect your baby to arrive. The following checklist may help you prepare.
To see if you are eligible to receive a payment read more about:
You can do most of your business with us using our mobile apps, online services through myGov or phone self service.
Read more about self service.
Read more about your entitlements and what you need to do to take leave from work on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
Use the Supporting Working Parents website to find out about your rights in the workplace while pregnant, during parental leave and on returning to the workplace.
Discuss your plans for taking leave with your employer and give them written notice at least 10 weeks before you plan to start your leave. If you plan to receive Parental Leave Pay, you may need to talk to your employer about whether they will provide it or if Centrelink will.
Read more about Parental Leave Pay.
Log on to your Centrelink online account through myGov and submit your claim. You can do this as early as 3 months before your baby's due date. Claiming early helps make the process quicker and easier once your baby arrives.
Please remember to submit any supporting documents we ask you for at the end of the claim form. You may be able to submit your documents online instead of coming in to a service centre. We can't process your claim until we have all the required documents.
If you plan on returning to work or studying after your baby is born, you may wish to start planning your child care options. There may be a waiting list for child care services.
Read more about child care on the mychild website.
Read more about helpful health and parenting information on the Raising Children Network website.
The Pregnancy, Birth and Baby helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for pregnant women, partners and families or new parents who have a baby up to 12 months of age. The helpline offers information, referrals and support from qualified counsellors.
Read more about the helpline on the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website.
A playgroup is an informal session where mums, dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. Find a playgroup location that that suits your family on the Playgroup Australia website.