When your baby is born

Now your baby is born there are some things you need to do to start receiving payments and accessing services from us.


You get a Parent Pack from your hospital or midwife. It contains a Newborn Child Declaration.

Ensure the doctor or midwife has completed the Proof of Birth declaration and you have recorded your Centrelink Reference Number, if known, on the back page.

Providing us with your child's details and proof of birth is used to:

  • support your claim for Family Tax Benefit, Parental Leave Pay or
  • enrol your child with Medicare, and
  • register your child for a My Health Record, and
  • register your child for the Australian Immunisation Register

It’s not a claim for payment.

Giving us this information is easy - you can do it online. Read more about giving us proof of birth.

You can do most of your business with us using our mobile apps, online services or phone self service. Read more about self service.

You are required to register the birth of your baby with your state or territory government. Registering the birth is free. When you do this, you may wish to purchase a birth certificate for your baby. Read more about registering the birth of your baby in your state or territory.

You will need to have registered, or applied to register, the birth of your baby to receive:

If you or your partner have a current Child Support Assessment, contact our child support line to add your new child to the existing assessment. We can only add the child from the day you tell us. If you’re a single or separated parent, read our Parent’s guide to child support.

This will help you manage your child’s health information. Read more about My Health Record and how to register.

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information. Use Payment and Service Finder to locate assistance in your local area.

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Page last updated: 10 August 2018