Time limits for claiming family payments

There are rules about when you can submit a claim. They are different depending on the type of payment. If you can’t claim within these timeframes, let us know.

Family assistance payments

Family Tax Benefit

Fortnightly payments

You can claim for a new child:

  • as early as 3 months before the expected date of birth or adoption, and
  • within 52 weeks of the birth or adoption

For an older child, submit your claim as soon as you think you’re eligible.

You also need to confirm your income so we can balance your payments. You need to do this within 12 months of the end of the financial year.

You can confirm your income by:

  • lodging a tax return, or
  • advising us if you don’t need to lodge one

If you don’t do this, we’ll send you an Account Payable notice for the full amount of FTB you received.

Annual lump sum payments

You need to claim within 12 months of the end of the financial year you’re claiming for.

Read more about time limits for submitting a lump sum claim.

Read more about Family Tax Benefit.

Child Care Benefit

For approved care

To receive Child Care Benefit as a fee reduction paid directly to your provider, you need to submit a claim for Child Care Benefit for approved care.

Approved child care providers may, if you're eligible, backdate your fee reduction up to 28 days from the date of approval.

There are also time limits for submitting your lump sum claim for the previous financial year.

Read more about the time period for submitting lump sum claims.

We'll assess your eligibility for Child Care Rebate after you submit a claim for Child Care Benefit for approved care.

For registered care

Submit your claim for Child Care Benefit for registered care, with your receipts or statement for a past period, within 12 months of the care being provided.

Read more about Child Care Benefit.

Paid Parental Leave scheme payments

Parental Leave Pay

You can claim:

  • as early as 3 months before your child’s expected date of birth or adoption, and
  • within 52 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption

To receive the full 18 weeks payment, you need to claim within 34 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption.

Read more about Parental Leave Pay.

Dad and Partner Pay

You can claim:

  • as early as 3 months before your child’s expected date of birth or adoption, and
  • within 52 weeks of your child’s birth or adoption

To receive the full 2 weeks payment, you need to claim within 50 weeks of your child’s date of birth or adoption.

Read more about Dad and Partner Pay.

Income support payments

Parenting Payment

You can claim after:

  • your child is born, or
  • an eligible child comes into your care

If you’re eligible, we'll pay you from the date:

  • you submit your claim, or
  • you register an intent to claim, if you submit your claim within 14 days, or
  • your child was born or came into your care, if you submit your claim within 4 weeks

Read more about Parenting Payment.

Supplement and lump sum payments

Single Income Family Supplement

You don’t need to claim SIFS if you receive FTB. If you’re eligible we’ll pay you when we balance your FTB payments.

If you don’t receive FTB, you can claim after the end of the financial year. You need to submit your claim and confirm your income within 12 months of the end of the financial year.

Read more about Single Income Family Supplement.

Double Orphan Pension

You should submit your claim as soon as possible to be paid from the earliest possible date.

If you’re eligible, we’ll pay you from the date:

  • you submit your claim, or
  • you register an intent to claim, if you submit your claim within 14 days

We may able to backdate your payment in some other circumstances. For example, we may pay you from the date of birth if you submit your claim within 13 weeks.

Read more about Double Orphan Pension.

Stillborn Baby Payment

You have up to 52 weeks to claim. This starts from the 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.

Read more about Stillborn Baby Payment.

Page last updated: 23 April 2018