Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

A lump sum and an increase to your Family Tax Benefit Part A payment when you start caring for a baby or adopt a child.

Eligibility basics

  • caring for a baby or newly adopted child
  • getting more than $0 of Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • not getting Parental Leave Pay for the same child

Eligibility & payment rates

Eligibility

You may be eligible for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement if you or your partner has a baby or a child comes into your care.

Read more about eligibility

Payment rates

The amount of Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement you receive depends on your family’s income and how many children you have.

Read more about payment rates

Payment options

You can choose to have your Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement paid to you as a lump sum or fortnightly.

Read more about payment options

Claiming

When you claim Family Tax Benefit (FTB), we will automatically assess your eligibility for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement if you are not claiming Parental Leave Pay for the same child.

You can apply for FTB as early as 3 months before your child's expected date of birth or adoption.

Managing your payment

Changing your claim to Parental Leave Pay

You can choose to change from Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement to Parental Leave Pay if you think it's a better option for you.

Read more about changing to Parental Leave Pay

Balancing your payment and supplement

At the end of the financial year we'll balance your family assistance payments.

Read more about balancing your Newborn Payment and supplement

Change of circumstances

You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you get Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

Read more about change of circumstances

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.

Read more about payments while outside Australia

Self service

Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.

Read more about using self service

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn

Resources

Manage your money

 

We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money.

Regular deductions using Centrepay

You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.

Read more about how Centrepay works.

Page last updated: 9 October 2017