Who can get it

You may be able to get Stillborn Baby Payment if you recently had a baby who was stillborn.

You may be able to get this payment if either:

  • you recently had a baby who was stillborn
  • you or your partner would have been the baby’s main carer
  • you don’t receive Parental Leave Pay for the same baby
  • you meet the residence rules about living in Australia.

Also if you and your partner either:  

You can’t get this payment and Parental Leave Pay for the same baby. Your family may be able to get this payment and Dad and Partner Pay for the same baby.

What stillborn means

A stillborn baby is one who meets all of the following:

  • has not breathed since delivery
  • has no heartbeat after their birth
  • weighs at least 400 grams at their birth or had a gestation period of at least 20 weeks.

Income test

The income test uses your family’s adjusted taxable income. We ask what you expect this to be for the 6 months after your baby’s birth.

The limit is an income of $62,057 in the 6 months after your baby’s birth.

If you don’t pass the income test

You may still get this payment if you don’t pass the income test. This is if you get Family Tax Benefit Part A for another child within 52 weeks of your baby’s birth.

Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test

To pass the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test all of the following applies:

  • you must be able to get some Family Tax Benefit Part A for other children
  • you must get it for at least part of the 52 weeks after you give birth to the stillborn baby.

Page last updated: 3 June 2019

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