A lump sum and an increase to your Family Tax Benefit Part A payment when you start caring for a baby or child that's recently come into your care.
- caring for a baby or child that's recently come into your care
- eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A
- not getting Parental Leave Pay for the same child
Eligibility & payment rates
You may be eligible for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement if you or your partner have a baby or a child comes into your care.
The amount of Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement you receive depends on your family’s income and how many children you have.
We’ll pay these to you based on your payment choice for Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A.
When you claim Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for your child we’ll check if you’re eligible for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement. We’ll only do this if you don’t receive Parental Leave Pay for the child.
You can apply for FTB up to 3 months before your child's expected date of birth or adoption.
Managing your payment
Changing your claim to Parental Leave Pay
You can change from Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement to Parental Leave Pay if you think it's a better option for you.
Balancing your payment and supplement
We’ll check you received the right payment amounts when we balance your family assistance at the end of the financial year.
Change of circumstances
You need to tell us if your circumstances change.
Payments while outside Australia
To get your payment or concession card while outside Australia, you must continue to meet the qualification rules for that payment or concession card.
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