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

If you choose to receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A fortnightly, you will automatically receive Newborn Upfront Payment of $532 as a lump sum. Newborn Supplement will be paid for up to 13 weeks with your regular FTB Part A payment.

If you choose to receive FTB Part A as a lump sum after the end of the financial year, Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement will be included in that lump sum payment.

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement may be subject to Income Management. You may also use Newborn Supplement to pay bills through Centrepay.

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

If you decide Parental Leave Pay is a better option for you, you can claim Parental Leave Pay as early as 3 months before your child's expected date of birth or adoption or as late as 52 weeks after their birth or adoption. You need to claim within 34 weeks after the birth or adoption to receive the full 18 weeks of Parental Leave Pay.

You can claim Parental Leave Pay even if you have already received Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement. If we find you are eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you will need to pay back Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

Read more about owing money.

Balancing your payment and supplement

At the end of the financial year, we will balance your family assistance payments.

If you are assessed as having no eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A and you have already received Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement, you have to pay it back.

If you have already received Newborn Supplement but it was more or less than what you should have received, we will adjust your payment.

Change of circumstances

You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you are receiving a payment, for example, if:

  • you change your address
  • you become partnered
  • you separate from your partner
  • your or your partner’s income changes
  • you do not have to lodge a tax return
  • your child care arrangements change
  • your child’s work or study load changes
  • your child leaves your care
  • you leave Australia, or
  • your care arrangements change

If you do not tell us about the changes within 14 days, your payment may be affected. You may be overpaid benefits and you will probably have to pay back the money.

If you deliberately do not tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud and a recovery fee may be imposed.

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 regular deductions using Centrepay

Page last updated: 11 September 2017