Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

Payment rates

The amount you get depends on your family’s income and how many children you have.

Newborn Upfront Payment

This is a lump sum payment of $550 per child. It's not taxable.

Newborn Supplement

This is an ongoing payment for up to 13 weeks. It’s not taxable.

The amount you get depends on how many children you have and your family's income.

For your first child, the maximum total amount you can receive is $1,649.83 for the 13 weeks. For subsequent children the maximum total amount is $550.55 for the 13 weeks.

If you’re eligible for the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A base rate or more, you’ll get the maximum rate of Newborn Supplement. If you’re eligible for less than the base rate of FTB Part A, you’ll get a reduced rate of Newborn Supplement.

If you stop being eligible any time during the 13 weeks, we’ll stop paying you.

Multiple children

If you have a multiple birth, including twins, you may get both of the following for each child:

  • Newborn Upfront Payment, as a lump sum of $550 per child
  • Newborn Supplement, at a maximum rate of $1,649.83 per child, even if you already have other children.

This also applies if you either:

  • adopt multiple children as part of the same adoption process
  • take multiple children younger than 1 into your or your partner's care as part of the same process.

If you have multiple children, you can get Parental Leave Pay for 1 child if you’re eligible for it. Then you can get Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement for the other children.

Shared care

If you share the care of your child, both carers may be eligible for Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement. The amount each of you gets depends on your circumstances.

Blended families

If you get FTB Part A as a blended family, we’ll pay you based on the FTB percentage you get. This is for both Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

A blended family is a family with 2 or more dependent children. This can be a blend of children from a previous relationship or from your current relationship.

Of the dependent children, 1 must be a child of 1 member of the couple, from a previous relationship. And 1 must be a child of either:

  • your current relationship
  • the other member of the couple, from a previous relationship.
This information was printed Tuesday 21 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/newborn-upfront-payment-and-newborn-supplement/eligibility-payment-rates/payment-rates It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 21 December 2018