Time limits for claiming family payments

The timeframe for submitting your claim depends on the payment you are claiming. You need to let us know if you cannot submit your claim within these timeframes.

Family Tax Benefit

To receive fortnightly payments of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for a new child, submit your claim:

  • as early as 3 months before your child’s expected date of birth or adoption, or
  • within 52 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption

For fortnightly payments for an older child in your care, submit your claim as soon as you think you are eligible to receive payment.

There are time limits for submitting a lump sum claim for the previous financial year.

Read more about Family Tax Benefit.

Parental Leave Pay

To receive Parental Leave Pay, submit your claim:

  • as early as 3 months before your child’s expected date of birth or adoption, or
  • within 52 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption

To receive Parental Leave Pay from your child’s date of birth or date of adoption, you need to submit your claim and proof of birth within 28 days of your child’s birth.

To receive the maximum 18 weeks payment, you need to claim within 34 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption.

Read more about Parental Leave Pay.

Dad and Partner Pay

To receive Dad and Partner Pay, submit your claim:

  • as early as 3 months before your child’s expected date of birth or adoption, or
  • within 52 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption

Read more about Dad and Partner Pay.

Child Care Benefit

For approved care

To receive Child Care Benefit as a fee reduction paid directly to your provider, you need to submit a claim for Child Care Benefit for approved care.

Approved child care providers may, if you're eligible, backdate your fee reduction up to 28 days from the date of approval.

There are also time limits for submitting your lump sum claim for the previous financial year.

Read more about the time period for submitting lump sum claims.

We'll assess your eligibility for Child Care Rebate after you submit a claim for Child Care Benefit for approved care.

For registered care

Submit your claim for Child Care Benefit for registered care, with your receipts or statement for a past period, within 12 months of the care being provided.

Read more about Child Care Benefit.

Parenting Payment

It's not possible to submit an early claim for Parenting Payment in expectation of the birth of your child.

If eligible, we will pay you from the date:

  • you submit your claim, or
  • you register an intent to claim and submit your claim within 14 days, or
  • your child was born or an eligible child comes into your care if your claim is submitted within 4 weeks

Read more about Parenting Payment.

Single Income Family Supplement

You will receive Single Income Family Supplement automatically with your Family Tax Benefit (FTB), if you are eligible.

If you did not receive FTB, you must submit your claim for Single Income Family Supplement for the last financial year by the end of the current financial year.

There are time limits for submitting your lump sum claim for the previous financial year.

Read more about Single Income Family Supplement.

Double Orphan Pension

To receive Double Orphan Pension, submit your claim as soon as possible. Your payment:

  • will generally be paid from the date you submit your claim, or
  • may be backdated if you register an intent to claim and submit your claim within 14 days

Your payment may also be backdated in other limited circumstances, for example, if you submit your claim within 13 weeks of the child being born.

Read more about Double Orphan Pension.

Stillborn Baby Payment

You must submit your claim for Stillborn Baby Payment within 52 weeks of the stillbirth. This period can be extended if necessary due to severe illness associated with the stillbirth, or when a claim for Parental Leave Pay is rejected.

Read more about Stillborn Baby Payment.

Page last updated: 16 September 2016