Stillborn Baby Payment
A one off payment if you have a stillborn baby.
- have recently had a stillborn baby
- are under the income test limits or eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A
- aren’t getting Parental Leave Pay for the same baby
1. Eligibility & payment rates Stillborn Baby Payment
Information about Stillborn Baby Payment, and how much the payment is.
Who can get Stillborn Baby Payment
You may be able to get Stillborn Baby Payment if you recently had a baby who was stillborn.
You may be able to receive this payment if:
- you recently had a baby who was stillborn
- you or your partner would have been the baby’s main carer
- you and your partner:
- you don’t receive Parental Leave Pay for the same baby
- you meet the residence rules about living in Australia
What stillborn means
A stillborn baby is one who:
- has not breathed since delivery, and
- has no heartbeat after their birth, and
- weighs at least 400 grams at their birth or had a gestation period of at least 20 weeks
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 receive this payment if you receive Family Tax Benefit Part A for another child within 52 weeks of your baby’s birth.
To pass the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligiblity test you must be:
- able to receive some Family Tax Benefit Part A for other children, and
- receiving it for at least part of the 52 weeks after you give birth to the stillborn baby
Residence rules for Stillborn Baby Payment
To get Stillborn Baby Payment, you must meet residence rules within 26 weeks of your baby's birth.
How much Stillborn Baby Payment you can get
The amount of Stillborn Baby Payment you can get depends on if this is your first child or not.
This payment is:
- a one off lump sum
- tax free
It can be part of Income Management.
For one baby
- $2,199.83 if this is your first stillborn baby
- $1,100.55 if this is not your first stillborn baby
If you have a multiple birth
- $2,199.83 for each stillborn baby, or
- Parental Leave Pay for one and Stillborn Baby Payment of $2,199.83 for others
2. Claiming Stillborn Baby Payment
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim. You have up to 52 weeks starting on your baby’s date of birth to make a claim.
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- fill in the application form
- get any documents the form asks for
- submit your form and documents
- wait for us to assess your claim and let you know the result
Before you start
- check if you’re eligible for Stillborn Baby Payment
- find the information you need for your claim
- submit your claim within 52 weeks from your baby’s date of birth
Information you need for your claim
Make sure you have all of this information when claiming. You’ll need all the same details for your partner as well.
- your Centrelink Reference Number if you've dealt with us before
- your passport number if you have one
- the date you first arrived in Australia, if you weren’t born here
- any dates when you lived outside Australia
- your bank account details
- your tax file number
- details of the hospital where you had your baby
- your income
When to claim
You have up to 52 weeks to claim. This starts from your baby’s date of birth.
We may be able to give you more time if you need it because:
- you had a severe illness to do with the birth, or
- you applied for Parental Leave Pay but couldn’t receive it
Start your claim online
To make a claim online you need a Centrelink online account linked to myGov.
I have a myGov account linked to Centrelink
Sign in to myGov to start your claim.
I have a myGov account, but it’s not linked to Centrelink
Sign in to myGov and select Services. For help, read our online guides to link Centrelink to your myGov account.
I don’t have a Centrelink online account or a myGov account
If you’ve received a payment or service from us, you can use your Customer Reference Number (CRN) to get an online account. Find your CRN on a letter we’ve sent you or your Health Care Card, if you have one. Then, go to myGov to create a myGov account and use your CRN to link Centrelink.
You can then create a myGov account and link Centrelink.
Read more about Centrelink Customer Reference Numbers.
If you can't claim online
You’ll need to fill in a paper Claim for Bereavement Payment form.
The hospital or midwife may have given you this form already.
If you can't print the form:
The form will tell you which documents you need to give us. This may include:
- proof of your income
- a letter from the doctor or midwife who was at your baby’s birth, giving:
- your full name
- the date and place of birth
- the baby’s gender
- the baby’s weight
- the gestation period
- the Proof of Birth declaration on the back of the Claim for Bereavement Payment form – the doctor or midwife who was at the birth must complete this form
Submit your application
You need to give us:
- your application form
- any other forms or documents we’ve asked for
You can do this:
- online if you have a Centrelink online account
- at a service centre
- by post to the address on the form
You can submit your documents online.
Wait for the result
We’ll tell you in writing:
- if we accept your claim
- when we’ll start paying you
- how much you’ll receive
If we don’t agree
We’ll tell you in writing.
You have the right to appeal our decision. Read more about reviews and appeals.
3. Managing your payment Stillborn Baby Payment
Your options and obligations for Stillborn Baby Payment.
Balancing your Stillborn Baby Payment
At the end of the financial year we'll balance your family payments.
What this means
This is where we:
- the income estimate you gave us at the start of the year, and
- what your family really earned for the year
- pay you a top up if you earned less
- ask you pay back an overpayment if you earned more
Why you might need to repay Stillborn Baby Payment
You may need to pay it back if:
- you received this payment under the Family Tax Benefit Part A eligibility test, but
- at the end of the year we find you weren’t eligible for Family Tax Benefit at the time
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Overdrawn bank account
A bank account is overdrawn if your balance goes below zero.
This can happen if:
- it looks like you have money to take out but another transaction hasn’t gone through yet
- you use direct debit to pay your bills
This creates a debt to the bank. Your bank might also charge you a fee. Remember, you have to pay the debt and fee back to them.
Sometimes your bank will take money from your account to pay back the debt and fee. They can't take more than 10% of your Centrelink payment. This is to protect your payment.
Bank means a bank, building society or credit union where you have an account.
Under the Code of Operation, your bank can't take more than 10% of your payment if you get:
- Age Pension
- Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment
- Bereavement Allowance
- Carer Allowance
- Carer Payment
- Crisis Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Double Orphan Pension
- Education Entry Payment
- Farm Household Allowance
- Income Support Bonus (payment no longer exists)
- Mobility Allowance
- Newstart Allowance
- Parental Leave Pay
- Parenting Payment
- Partner Allowance
- Pension Supplement
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance
- Widow B Pension
- Wife Pension
- Youth Allowance
Also, if you get one of the payments above, your bank can't take more than 10% of your:
- ABSTUDY supplements
- Assistance for Isolated Children
- Baby Bonus
- Bereavement Payment
- Carer Adjustment Payment
- Carer Supplement
- Child Disability Assistance Payment
- Dad and Partner Pay
- Energy Supplement
- Essential Medical Equipment Payment
- Family Tax Benefit
- Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement
- Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment
- Pension Bonus Scheme
- Pension Bonus Top Up
- Pensioner Education Supplement
- Pension Loans Scheme
- Pharmaceutical Allowance
- Remote Area Allowance
- Rent Assistance
- Single Income Family Supplement
- Stillborn Baby Payment
- Telephone Allowance
- Utilities Allowance
- Work Bonus
- Youth Disability Supplement
And, they can't take more than 10% of these Department of Veterans' Affairs payments:
- Crisis payment
- Defence Force Income Support Allowance
- Education Entry Payment
- Income Support Supplement
- Periodic Payments of Wholly Dependent Partner's Pension
- Service Pension - age, invalidity, or partner
- War Widow(er)'s Pension
You can repay more than 10% to your bank if you wish.
This agreement about how banks recover money from you does not cover all types of income. Speak to your bank about their fees and repayment policies.
Example of a protected payment
If you get a payment of $200, you can keep at least $180 (90%) of your payment. The bank can take up to $20 (10%) to repay the debt and fee.
Banks that agree to the protected payment
A list of banks, building societies and credit unions that agree to the Code are on these websites:
- Australia Bankers' Association members
- Australian Finance Industry Association members
- Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA) members who have signed the COBA Code of Practice
When the Code doesn't protect your payment
The Code doesn't protect you if:
- your account is overdrawn due to a dishonest or unlawful act
- a third party gets money you owe them direct from your account due to a court order
Help from your bank
Talk to your bank if you overdraw your account. They can help you manage your debt.
You need to respond to requests from your bank about your debt within 60 days. If you don’t they could:
- make a report to a credit reporting body which can affect your credit rating, or
- take legal action to force you to repay your debt
If you can't resolve disputes with your bank, contact the:
Help from us
If you don’t have enough money to live on, we can help. We'll check if your bank has followed the Code. Call your regular payment number if you’d like us to help.
If English isn't your first language, you can:
- call our Multilingual Phone Service to speak with a skilled bilingual service officer about Centrelink payments and services, or
- ask for an interpreter at a service centre
Other support services
Find a financial counsellor in your area on the Financial Counselling Australia website.