Who can get Stillborn Baby Payment

You may be able to get Stillborn Baby Payment if you recently had a baby who was stillborn.

You may be able to receive this payment if:

You can’t receive this payment and Parental Leave Pay for the same baby. Your family may be able to receive this payment and Dad and Partner Pay for the same baby.

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.

Income test

The income 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 $60,900 in the 6 months after your baby’s birth.

If you don’t pass the income 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.

Family Tax Benefit Part A eligiblity test

To pass the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligiblity 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

Page last updated: 2 November 2017