You can claim some family payments as early as 3 months before your baby arrives.
We know you’ve got a lot to think about when you welcome a new baby into your family. Submitting an early claim means the process will be easier once your baby arrives.
Family payments you can claim early include:
- Parental Leave Pay
- Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement
- Dad and Partner Pay, and
- Family Tax Benefit
You can only claim Parenting Payment once your baby’s born.
Start your claim
Use your Centrelink online account to start your claim up to 3 months before your baby’s due date, or date of adoption. You’ll need a Customer Reference Number (CRN) and a myGov account to get started.
You can find your CRN on any letters we’ve sent you, or on your Health Care Card if you have one. If you don’t have a CRN or don’t know what it is, visit a service centre with your identity documents to get one.
Once your baby arrives
You can submit your documents online instead of coming in to a service centre. Don’t forget, we can’t finalise your claim until you do this.
Read more about our range of payments and services for when you’re having a baby.
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