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.
- 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
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.
The amount of Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement you receive depends on your family’s income and how many children you have.
You can choose to have your Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement paid to you as a lump sum or fortnightly.
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.
Balancing your payment and supplement
At the end of the financial year we'll balance your family assistance payments.
Change of circumstances
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you get Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.
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.
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
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.