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Guide to government family benefit payments

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NOTE: Australia has a new child care package. On July 2, 2018, the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Read our article on the Australian Government’s New Child Care Package and how it affects you.

In Australia, the Federal Government offers a number of payments to parents and families — some are one-off payments following the birth of a child while others are ongoing payments to support families or help with the cost of child care.

It can be pretty confusing trying to get your head around the many payments available.

You then have to work out whether you are eligible for them and if so, how much you are likely to receive.

Here is our quick guide to Government family benefit payments in Australia. Hope it helps!

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

This payment was introduced after the Baby Bonus was scrapped in March 2014. It is paid following the birth or adoption of a child.

To be eligible for newborn payments you must:

  • have a baby or adopt a child on or after March 1, 2014
  • be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • not be receiving Parental Leave Pay for the same child

The Newborn Upfront Payment is a lump sum of $550 (amount correct as of July 2018). It is not taxable and it is paid for each child that comes into your care.

The Newborn Supplement depends on your income and how many children you have. The maximum amount is $1649.83 for your first child and $550.55 for subsequent children (amount correct as of July 2018).

How you receive your Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement depends on how you choose to receive Family Tax Benefit Part A – eg. fortnightly or as a lump sum at the end of the financial year.

Parental Leave Pay

Eligible parents can receive up to 18 weeks of pay at the minimum wage — to help them take time off work following the birth or adoption of a baby.

To be eligible for Parental Leave Pay you must:

  • be the primary carer of a newborn or recently adopted child
  • have worked 10 of the 13 months before the birth or adoption of your child, and
    330 hours in that 10 month period (just more than one day a week) with no more than an 8-week gap between two consecutive working days
  • meet the Paid Parental Leave income test
  • be on leave or not working from the time you become your child’s primary carer until the end of your Paid Parental Leave period

Parental Leave Pay is currently $719.35 a week before tax for a maximum of 18 weeks (amount correct as of July 2018). It is a taxable payment – which means it may affect your existing family assistance entitlements, child support arrangements and tax obligations. Parental Leave Pay can be paid by your employer or directly from the government.

You do not need to be working full time to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay.

The scheme provides you with Parental Leave Pay but does not give you an entitlement to leave. You need to work out your maternity leave entitlements with your employer — try to give them at least 10 weeks’ notice.

READ: More information about Parental Leave Pay and the eligibility criteria

Dad and Partner Pay

Dads or partners may be eligible for two weeks of government-funded pay after the birth of a new baby or the adoption of a child.

To be eligible for Dad and Partner Pay you must:

  • provide care for a newborn or recently adopted child
  • meet an income test
  • have worked at least 10 of the 13 months before the date your Dad and Partner Pay period starts, and 330 hours in that 10 month period (just more than a day a week) with no more than an 8 week gap between two consecutive working days
  • be on unpaid leave or not working while getting the payment
  • make a claim within 52 weeks of the child’s birth or adoption

Dad and Partner Pay is $719.35 a week before tax (correct as of July 2018). The government pays the money into your bank account in one installment after your child is born and your claim is finalised.

There is an exception to the work test if a premature birth prevented you from meeting it.

Dad and Partner Pay does not change your leave entitlements. Check with your boss as to what leave you’re entitled to — if you’ve worked for them for at least 12 months, you should be entitled to unpaid parental leave under the Fair Work Act 2009.

Family Tax Benefit

This ongoing payment is to help with the cost of raising children. It has two parts — Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B.

To be eligible for Family Tax Benefit you must:

  • have a dependent child or secondary student aged under 20 not receiving a pension, payment, or benefit such as Youth Allowance
  • provide care for the child for at least 35 per cent of the time
  • meet an income test

Family Tax Benefit Part A is paid for each child. The amount you get is based on your family’s income, the number of children you have and how old they are.

You may be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A if you have a dependent child who is:

  • aged 0-15 years
  • aged 16–19 years, paid until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 19, and undertaking full-time education or training in an approved course leading towards a Year 12 or equivalent qualification with an acceptable study load, or has been granted an exemption from education or training requirements

You should contact the Family Assistance Office to find out exactly how much your family will receive in Family Tax Benefit Part A. You will need to estimate your income — if you’re close to the cut-off amount then it might be best to wait until the end of the financial year once your actual is known. You’ll then receive a lump sum payment.

Family Tax Benefit Part B is an extra payment for single parents, non-parent carers and couples with one main income — where one parent stays at home to care for a child full-time or only earns a small income. This payment is income tested.

You may be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part B if:

  • you are part of a couple and you care for a dependent child aged 12 years or younger at least 35 per cent of the time.
  • you are a single parent, grandparent carer or great-grand parent carer and you care for a child at least 35 per cent of the time and that child is either: 1. younger than 16 years of age or 2. a dependent full-time secondary student up until the end of the calendar year in which they turn 18

You cannot receive Family Tax Benefit Part B while you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay.

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy helps parents with costs for approved child care. The subsidy is paid directly to the child care service provider.

To be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy you must:

  • care for a child 13 years or younger (and not in secondary school, unless an exemption applies)
  • use an approved child care service
  • be responsible for paying the child care fees
  • meet residency and immunisation requirements

A family’s level of subsidy is determined by three things:

  • combined family income.
  • an activity test.
  • the type of service being accessed.

The Combined Family Income is how the government determines how much of your child care costs it will cover. The lower the family income, the higher the percentage they will cover.

To receive the Child Care Subsidy families must meet an activity test. The number of subsided hours you’re able to access will depend on the number of hours you work each fortnight. Both parents must meet the activity test – and in circumstances where one parent works less than the other, the subsidy will be based on the parent who works the least. Families earning $66,958 or less (amount correct as of July 2018) a year can access up to 24 hours of care a fortnight without having to meet the ‘activity test’.

There is a cap on the hourly rate that the government will subsidise. The cap is different depending on the type of service.

  • For centre-based day care (long day care and occasional care) the cap is $11.77 an hour (amount correct as of July 2018).
  • For Family Day Care the cap is $10.90 an hour (amount correct as of July 2018).
  • For Outside School Hours care (before, after and vacation care) the cap is $10.29 an hour (amount correct as of July 2018).

Schoolkids Bonus

The Schoolkids Bonus was phased out in 2016.

Parenting Payment

Parenting Payment is an income support payment for parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children.

To be eligible for Parenting Payment you must:

  • single and care for a child under 8, or
  • have a partner and care for a child under 6
  • meet an income and assets test

Only one parent or guardian can receive the payment and the amount of Parenting Payment you get depends on the income and assets of both you and your partner (if you have one).

If you qualify for Parenting Payment, you may also be entitled to other payments and services, such as:

  • Clean Energy Advance
  • Energy Supplement
  • Health Care Card
  • Helping Young Parents
  • Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
  • Telephone Allowance

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This article is intended as a general guide to Government family benefit payments in Australia. To check your eligibility based on your own circumstances contact the Department of Human Services.

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  1. Help Please
    I am a mum of 5 Now as I’ve just had my 5th baby about 3 weeks ago I was working prior to giving birth but for only 6 months (I resigned in May this year as I had to stay home full time to look after my children because my partners work hours changed and crossed through mine (Before we had my mum looking after my children for the 1 -2 hour gap we had between our work hours. I know I’m not eligible for ppl but that’s okay Currently I’m receiving FTB part A and B and I believe I’m eligible for the upfront payment and newborn supplement as me and my partner earn under the income test amount (I can’t remember what that is . He Is the only one working atm and probably will for a while, we are both Nz citizens and have been here for over 2 years. I’m wondering if there are any other family payments we would be eligible for as tbvh the FTB part a and b fortnightly with 5 children doesn’t cover much even with my partners one income. We do rent privately as well and have accessed the rent assistance which helps a lot but just seeing if we have any other options available Thankyou so much

    • Hi Sandy! Thanks for your question and congrats on your new baby.

      I’m afraid I’m not really sure if there is anything else that you may be eligible for. The article pretty much outlines all the family payments available.

      Do you have a health care card? It’s not a payment but could help reduce costs.

      There is a Parenting Payment but this is an income support payment (rather than a supplement) and it is for those on very low incomes. I suspect your husband may earn too much for you to be eligible for this.

      I’m afraid I’ve not been much help. Sorry!

      Take care x

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  2. Hi there,

    I’m currently pregnant with twins and I have an 18mo already. I resigned from my job before I knew I was pregnant and I’ve decided to not find more work as this pregnancy is higher-risk. Unfortunately, this means I will not be eligible for paid parental leave. My husband and I are looking at other options though so he can be home as long as possible after the twins are born. In your opinion, do you think it’s possible that husband receives ppl for one twin, whilst I receive ftb A for second twin and first child? I understand you cannot receive ftb B while ppl is being paid to anyone, and that with twins you can get ppl & newborn supplement for either child.

    In summary, can you have two primary carers where there is a twin birth & 1 other child at home?

    Really appreciate your help!

    • Hi Alex. Thanks for your question and congratulations on your pregnancy. How wonderful.

      I am honestly not sure about how the law applies to multiple birth but my thought is that your husband probably would not be eligible for Paid Parental Leave because the mother is considered (in the majority of cases) to the first primary carer as PPL is also to give her time to recover from the birth. I know this is the case for single births and afterwards the mother, if she’s eligible in the first place, can transfer her PPL to her husband if he becomes the primary carer. I’m not sure if there are different rules when it comes to multiple births though – sorry! – so you’ll have to double check this with Centrelink.

      If you’re not able to receive PPL you can receive the Newborn Upfront Payment and supplement for each child. As well as Family Tax A and B. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/enablers/how-much-newborn-upfront-payment-and-newborn-supplement-you-can-receive/28481#a3

      Your husband should also be able to receive two weeks of Dad and Partner Pay.

      Does his workplace offer any other type of leave that might help him take extra time off?

      Sorry I didn’t have better news. Please feel free to ask more questions if you need.

      All the best x

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  3. Hello, This may be a question for Centrelink however I am stressing slightly.
    It makes mention that one is eligible for Parental Leave Pay if you have earned an individual adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less in the financial year before the birth or adoption or the date you lodge your claim, whichever is earlier. My baby is due mid June 2019 which means my taxable income for 2017-2018 will be taken into consideration. This is fine as I meet the criteria (i.e. earned $150k or less) however for the next financial year 2018-2019, I will earn over $150,000. It makes no reference to the financial year after your baby is born so do you know if this will impact my Parental Leave Pay? I’ve searched everywhere and can’t find anything regarding this.
    I hope that makes sense. Thank you for any help.

    • Hi there! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question!

      I don’t think there’s any need for you to stress. Luckily as your baby is due just before the end of the financial year you’ll be asked only to show your income for the year before. Good timing 🙂

      Other ongoing payments require you to estimate your income for the current year – such as Family Tax Benefit — but not Parental Leave Pay.

      So I think you’ll be right. You can start your application for parental Leave Pay within 3 months before your baby’s due date.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

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  4. Hello!
    I am hoping you can assist me here. My bub is due on 19th April and I have just been made redundant after working with the company for 1.6 years. I finish on 16th Nov and get 4 weeks annual leave paid out and 4 weeks of notice period payment. Will either of those count towards “work” period for paid parental leave? Additionally, I have just started a skin consultancy business that is mostly through facebook and some meetings with potential buyer. Will that count as work even if i do an hour a week?
    Also if we jointly earn about 180k, will we be taxed heavily taxed on PPL payment?
    Just wondering how much we can expect to receive after taxes.
    Many thanks in advance for help!

    • Hi Kittoo,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. Paid leave does count as ‘work’ and so does a running a business so I would think that you’d be eligible. You will have to check your dates and individual circumstances though with Centrelink to be sure.

      If you’ve been made redundant then you’ll most likely receive your Parental Leave Pay from the government, if you’re eligible. They will apply a 15% tax deduction.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

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  5. Hi, I hope you can help!

    I’m an Aussie citizen but have been living overseas for the past 2 years. My partner and I are expecting in March next year, and will be moving back to Australia to settle end of November. He is British and on top of applying for the partner visa, we have saved loads, but aren’t sure of when he will be ready to work when we get there. I won’t be able to work and will solely be relying on savings – which I’d like to keep for baby, therefore, I was wondering what my options would be to help finance our situation and the past 2 years feels liek forever and I have no clue as I’ve never claimed for anything before….

    I’ve looked at the newborn supplement but don’t quite know where we will sit on income level, and won’t be getting maternity leave from NZ where we currently live – what do you think our option/s are??

    • Hi Cill,

      Thanks for your question – and congrats on your pregnancy.

      So it looks like you wouldn’t be eligible for Parental Leave Pay but you might be eligible for Family Tax Benefits. This payment is based on your projected earnings for the current financial year. So if you arrive in November and your partner starts work then he’ll only work for 7 or so months maximum before the financial years end and you won’t be working. So you might fall under the threshold. And if you’re worried that you won’t (or that you won’t be able to accurately predict it) you can put in your claim at the end of the year so you get exactly what you should.

      If you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefit A you’ll receive the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment.

      Also when you arrive you might also be able to put in a claim for Newstart and you might be exempt for having to look for work etc (please double check this, I don’t know much about other Centrelink payments). This will also depending on whether your partner is employed when you arrive.

      Hope that makes sense. Please feel free to ask more questions if you need. We are happy to help!

      All the best with the move x

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  6. Hi. My due date is in January and I am on TR and my husband is Australian citizen and I am non working I haven’t worked in Australia. Do I get any benefits or payment on the birth of my baby.

    • Hi Shivalika! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      If I were you I’d look into your eligibility for Family Tax Benefits — this is a small allowance paid to families to help with the cost of raising children. You can still be eligible if you’re on a temporary visa, but it depends on which one. If you’re on a Partner Provisional or Temporary Protection Visas and you’re living in Australia you may be eligible.

      If you are eligible you’ll also be able to receive the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement.

      Hope this helps! All the best x

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  7. Hi,,, just wondering.. im temporary resident, and hubby is permanent,.. i understand that i am not eligible for any benefit, our baby is 5 months old now, are we eligible any benefit under husband residency? parenting paymen? or family benefit? thank you

    • Hi Suzanne, Thanks for your question and congrats on your new baby.

      You may be eligible for some payments but it is difficult for me to say without knowing more about your circumstance.

      Both payments – Parenting Payment and Family Tax Benefits – depend on your family income so it would depend on how much you both expect to earn this year.

      I’m afraid I can’t really help much, except to say that if I were you I would definitely check with Centrelink as to what you might be eligible for.

      If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. All the best!

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  8. Hi, We are moving to Australia for my husbands work, are were thinking of applying the TTS visa 482 so that also I could work. We have two small children, aged 1.5 and 3 years old by the time of the move. Do you know if we would be eligible to the Childcare subsidy? In the article it says “meet residency and immunisation requirements”. What are there requirements? The childcare seems to be insanely expensive even with the subsidy, but totally out of our reach without.
    Thank you for your help!

  9. hello, just a curiosity i got which is driving me nuts.I had my daughter back in 2016 and was and getting paid parental leave and partner pay, family tax benefit etc everything.I did not work for 2 years after she was born and only started working since jan 2018 but stopped working as it was getting hard for me from july 2018. I am expecting my second baby on Jan 2019. I am sure i have worked 330 during my work period from Jan 2018 to July 2018 but it is only 6 months. Would I still be eligible for paid parental leave when my second bub is born or i wud not be entitled to any payments?Plz help me get out of this curiosity and confusion.

    • Hi Anita, Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I’m afraid that I don’t think you would be eligible if you’ve only worked for six months. You need to have worked for 10 months out of the 13 months prior to your baby’s due date.

      If you’re still eligible for Family Tax Benefits then you’ll be able to receive the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement.

      Did you stop working because of a pregnancy complication? I ask because in those cases you can get a letter from your doctor to say that you were unable to continue working and a letter from your employer saying that had the complication not occurred you would have continued to work.

      Please still check this all with Centrelink so they can look at the finer details and your individual circumstances.

      Hope that helps! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Take care x

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  10. Hi, just a question about the Upfront and Newborn Supplement. I’m still currently pregnant and my paid parental leave has been approved pending proof of birth. I’m pretty sure I selected the family tax benefit A to be paid in a lump sum at the end of the financial year, so does that mean I won’t receive the upfront and newborn supplement until after the financial year?
    If so, is there a way I can change it?
    Will I’ll still be entitled to receive the benefits even though my child would be almost a year old by the end of the financial year?
    Do most people choose to have it fortnightly?

    • Hi Jessica! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      Unfortunately if you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay you will not be able to receive the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement as well. It is one-or-the-other not both (unless you are expecting twins). However, the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment is just a little bit extra on top of your regular Family Tax Benefit payment, which you might be eligible for.

      If you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefits, the amount you’ll receive will be dependent on your family income and the number of children you have.

      If you choose to receive it fortnightly you’ll be asked to estimate your income for the financial year so they can work out how much you should receive. At the end of the financial year your payments will be balanced so hopefully you would have estimated correctly or you may end up owing money.

      Some people choose to receive the lump sum at the end of the financial year to avoid this happening. Especially if they are close to the cut-off or if they’re unable to estimate their income accurately.

      I guess you’d have to decide based on how much you think you’ll receive, and whether you’d prefer small amounts upfront or a larger amount later.

      Here’s some information that might help you to work out how much you might be able to receive: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit/payment-rates/how-your-income-affects-ftb-part

      Hope that helps! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Take care x

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  11. Hi there,
    I’m pregnant with Twins and I’m a little confused about what payments I will receive. It seems I will get my 13 paid Maternity leave from my employer, however I just don’t know what I will receive from Centrelink for twins (I’ve read the website about a dozen times and still don’t get it). I’d love your help as I’m in discussions with my Employer about how long I will take off work. Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Sam! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy. Very exciting!

      It is my understanding that if you’re pregnant with twins etc and you’re eligible for Parental Leave Pay (18 weeks pay at minimum wage) from the government then you can receive that as well as receiving the Newborn Upfront Payment (if you’re eligible). Usually people can only receive one or the other, but if you have multiple children you can claim the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement for each additional child.

      So you will have to check your eligibility for the government’s Parental Leave Pay and then also see if you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefits. If you’re eligible for Family Tax Benefits you’ll be eligible for the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement (which is just a small bonus amount on top of the Family Tax Benefits).

      Here is a bit more information about Parental Leave Pay: https://www.bubhub.com.au/hubbub-blog/paid-parental-leave-pay-australia/

      Hope that helps! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Take care x

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  12. Hello,
    I have a question that’s been playing on my mind a little lately I’m hoping you can help!
    I’m about to return to work from having my first child last year. I do however plan to have more hopefully soon. I have read you need to be back at least 330 hours before qualifying for maternity leave again from Centrelink. I was lucky enough to qualify for PPL from my workplace as well which is in the Government sector. Do the same rules apply for the time between taking maternity leave again for my 2nd time around? Thank you so much

    • Hi Emmy! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question!

      So, you’re right. To qualify again for the government’s Parental Leave Pay you need to work for at least 10 months (out of the 13 months prior to your next baby’s due date). And you need to have worked for at least 330 hours WITHIN those 10 months. Exactly the same as last time.

      However, the rules are a bit different with regard to applying for maternity leave from your workplace a second time around.

      In the first instance, to be entitled to take maternity LEAVE (unpaid 12 months off etc) from your workplace, you must have been working there for at least 12 months. But, according to Fair Work Australia, employees who have taken parental leave don’t have to work for another 12 months before they can take another period of parental leave with that same employer. (You do if you start with a new employer, though).

      BUT, this is just for the entitlement to the 12 months unpaid leave. I can’t say exactly what your employer’s policy is offering their PAID parental leave — they might have specific conditions so it is best to check your contract or talk to HR about the specifics.

      Hope that helps! If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Take care x

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  13. Hi, wondering if you could clarify the parenting pay for me please?
    I am due to have Bub around the middle of November. I have been in the same job employed as casual for years. Some weeks I work 1 day others I do 2 and then some weeks I don’t have any. In saying this I have not have a 8week gap at all. I have been keeping track of my hours and over the last 13months I would have made the 330hr requirement but I would not have done 330hrs in the last 10mths. Can you explain how this works as it’s quite confusing. Thankyou

    • Hi! Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy!

      The work test does require that you do 330 hours of work WITHIN the 10 month period. Are you working or have you completed those 10 months already? If you want to try to make 330 hours you might be able to ask if you could do a few more shifts. Other things that count as work though are: paid leave, work in a family business, work in your own business or casual work with different employers.

      Sorry I didn’t have better news for you.

      If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Take care x

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  14. Hi,

    I am currently receiving parental leave and ftb. Just wondering if i extend my leave for atleast 12 months will i get some sort of payment from centrelink or it will be leave without pay? I’m trying to work out taking longer maternity leave but not sure if we’re able to afford it.

    • Hi Mary! Thanks for your question and congrats on your new baby.

      There’s no specific payment from Centrelink once your Parental Leave Pay runs out. But it is possible that you might receive a little more in Family Tax Benefits. Firstly, you aren’t able to receive FTB Part B while you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay so if you’re eligible for that, it should kick in once you finish receiving PPL.

      Also the amount of FTB you currently receive is based on your estimated income. If you don’t return to work for a little longer, you’ll have to re-visit this estimate. It will be lower so the amount of Family Tax Benefit you receive should be higher.

      Family Tax Benefit isn’t a income payment though, so not really enough to replace not having an income.

      Without knowing much about your circumstances it is possible that you’d be eligible for Parenting Payment – but this is really for low-income families or single/sole parents.

      If you’re keen to spend a little more time at home you could also chat to your employer about paying out any annual leave or long service leave you might still have owing to you.

      Or you could start investigating ways to save money rather than earning more. For example, if you have a mortgage you might be able to chat to your lender about ways to reduce your repayments or put them on hold for a few months?

      Hope it works out for you!

      If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Take care x

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  15. Hi team.
    I had a baby 8 weeks ago and handed in the paper from the hospital to register baby with Centrelink. They lady said I didn’t need to register anything online as I already have children and receive FTB. I haven’t heard anything from them and baby hasn’t been added to my payments etc as of yet.
    A family memember also had a baby and she too handed in the forms from hospital to register baby with Centrelink, her client service officer told her she needs to go online to claim for baby aswell as handing in the form. She has other children aswell so is already receiving FTB aswell.
    Now I’m confused. Am I supposed to claim online or not or is that hospital form enough like my client service officer told me.

    • Hi Dee. Thanks for reading and congratulations on your new baby.

      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been given conflicting advice on this. What a pain.

      If I were you I’d definitely be either calling centrelink to confirm OR just hopping on the app and and seeing if there is a place there to add your new baby or claim online. It might be easier to just do it.

      I’m sorry that I don’t actually know whether or not you’re supposed to do another claim. If you like you could ask some of the parents on our forum. They may have done it more recently than I have, and may know for sure.

      Here’s the link to our Family Finances forum: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      If you have further questions please do not hesitate to ask. Take care x

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  16. Hi there;

    I had my first baby on 28th May 2018 and applied for paid parental leave on 1st june directly with centrelink. It has now been over 8 weeks and i am still waiting. I have called centrelink numerous time only to be told they are behind in processing. Any suggestion please? Thank you – Net

    • Hi Net! Thanks for reading and thanks for your question. Eight weeks sure is a long time! I’m not sure if there’s much you can do really, except wait. Hopefully you’re not getting behind in bills/mortgage etc. If you are you can always contact your banks or creditors to let them know of the situation. This should at least let you avoid paying default fines etc.

      Hopefully you’ll receive it this week though! And it should be a nice bit of backpay too.

      All the best x

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  17. Hi
    We are on family benefit and just 2 weeks ago we got paid 521.22 however just 2 days ago the amount reduced by $120 without any explanation, nothing changed in our situation. Single wage and a stay home mother of 3 years old and even the next payment set to be reduced even further by $156 which makes it so difficult. We started to budget and trying to manage however with this change it makes so hard. Could you explain to me please? Thank you.

    • Hi Arwa! That certainly doesn’t sound right. If your circumstances haven’t changed then you shouldn’t be receiving less money.

      The only thing I can think of is that maybe the payments were adjusted because of the financial year ending on June 30. Perhaps your payment has been split because over the two financial years. Maybe they paid you an amount for the days up until June 30 (but not a full fortnight) and then the rest after July 1 (which is also not a full fortnight). Hopefully the amount all up is the same and the next full payment will be back to normal.

      Hope that makes sense. If this is not the case you should definitely call them to see what has happened! All the best x

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  18. Hi,
    I have moved back to Australia after 5 years in the UK (i am a permanent resident my partner and kids are all Australian citizens). I am pregnant with my 3rd. This is the first time I have ever claimed any benefits and have currently got a partnered parent claim lodge (awaiting outcome any day) and have just submitted (doesn’t have an option to lodge, is that correct?) and FTB claim. We are struggling at the moment with my partner being the only wage earner and I was wondering if you knew the turn around time to start receiving the fornightly FTB payments if we are eligible (which going by the estimator we are)?
    Also I have put on the claim that I am expecting but not added any details as I don’t want this to hold up the claim because as I understand it I will have to wait until the baby is born to have the claim finalised and quite honestly we cannot wait another 3 months. My partner won’t be getting any paid leave at the time of the birth as he is still under a casual employment contract so my understanding is that we will be able to get the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement is that correct? Do I apply for those separately once the baby arrives??
    Sorry for such a long message, I am feeling very confused and quite overwhelmed.
    Any assistance is so appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Kate! Welcome back to Australia and congrats on your pregnancy. Hope you’re all settling in well.

      I’m not too sure about visas etc — so I can’t say much on the partnered parent claim or how it affects any of your other claims. And I’m not sure about current processing times for Family Tax Benefits either. May I suggest that you ask about this on our forum. There are many parents there who might have recently put in a claim. It is free and easy to use and it may help prove useful if you have any other questions about your move back to Australia. It’s actually the reason our site began — as our founder Hilary had moved to Australia from the UK and was looking online for resources. Here’s the link: https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?157-Family-Finances

      Anyway – to answer your other questions… If you’re eligible for FTB — and going by what you’ve worked out already, you should be — then you will also be eligible for the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement. Unless you’ve been working (in which case you could be eligible for Parental Leave Pay).

      You should start to receive it soon (when it is processed) and then once your baby is born you’ll received a Proof of Birth certificate from the hospital. You’ll need to take this to Centrelink to add baby to Medicare and also to claim to Newborn Payments. I’m not sure to what extent you’ll need to claim again. It could just be a matter of adding the new baby — updating your circumstances. A third child will also mean you’ll receive more Family Tax Benefit as it is worked out per child.

      Your husband will probably be eligible for the Dad and Partner Payment. It is specifically set up for fathers/partners who would not receive paid leave from work. He would have to negotiate the time off with his workplace and the government will provide two weeks of pay at the minimum wage (just a little more than $700 a week).

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Hopefully I’ve answered a few of your question. Please come back if you have further questions.

      Take care x

  19. Hello there guys…now I’m jumping ahead of myself here, but nothing like a bit of planning and information! So I’m looking to do IVF, and to have a baby of my own (hopefully, finger’s crossed !), and I’m also a business owner who would be working the required 13 months prior. Can you possibly clarify for me…I’ll be a single parent, who earns $700 after tax per week, and it looks to me that I would receive the Newborn Upfront Payment and possibly the maximum amount for the Newborn Supplement paid over the 18 weeks. In terms of a maternity leave payment, given I’m self-employed, am I still able to continue paying my wage as the maternity leave whilst still receiving the Newborn Supplement over the 18 weeks, or is it one or the other? Many thanks…and thank you for your site, I’ve picked up so much information that will hopefully help me out if all goes well!

    • Hi Carolyn! No harm in planning ahead — in fact I’d recommend it. It is entirely possible that people have missed out on certain payments simply because they were not aware of the criteria they needed to meet.

      I’m wondering why you hadn’t considered the government’s Parental Leave Pay. It would be a LOT more money that the Newborn Upfront Payment/Supplement and technically you CAN receive it as well as any maternity leave you’re paid from your employer. If I was you I would check this out (if you haven’t already) and check with Centrelink about how it might differ for you given that you’re a business owner.

      You can’t work while receiving Parental Leave Pay (perhaps that’s why you’ve not considered it?) but there are allowances for business owners to perform tasks that allow them to ensure the business keeps running smoothly as long as they’re not involved in the day to day stuff. With a new baby it would be hard to stay involved in the business anyway so I’d consider taking the time away from work if you can.

      This is what I found on their site:

      When you’re self employed, if needed, you can perform occasional tasks to keep an eye on your business or to ensure your business remains operational while you’re on leave.

      For example, you could:

      pay an account
      check on the delivery of an order
      approve the business accounts
      deal with ad hoc disputes
      organise a repair
      organise replacement staff to manage your absence
      maintain a basic level of contact with clients, and
      keep your professional skills up to date
      You can’t return to actively running or maintaining the daily operations of your business before the end of your Parental Leave Pay period. If you do, you’ll be regarded as having returned to work.

      To answer your question though, if you paid yourself a wage I think that would be ok while receiving the Newborn Supplement. It is based on your estimated taxable income however so you’d have to have a good idea of what that is – otherwise you might end up owing it back when your income is calculated at the end of the financial year.

      You would also be eligible for Family Tax Benefits too .

      I hope this has helped to answer some of your questions. Please feel free to come back with other questions you might have. We’re more than happy to help. And we’re very happy to here that you’ve already found our site helpful. We have a very supportive forum too, if you haven’t checked it out, it is great for people who are embarking on IVF — plenty of kind people who have lots of advice, support and wisdom to share with you. https://www.bubhub.com.au/community/forums/forumdisplay.php?691-Fertility-Assistance

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      • Oh gosh thank you for that information! I didn’t even see the Parental Pay Leave. There’s so much info on the Centrelink site I was getting confused…that’s so much clearer, thank you! And yes, I thought I would join in on the IVF forum as things progress…all support is greatly appreciated. Thank you! c

  20. Hi. I have worked full time my whole adult life.
    I left full time employment in January to start full time university in February (gap of one month not working).

    My baby is due in July which means that I have worked only 8 out of the previous 13 months prior to birth rather than the 10 months required for paid parental leave.
    I have well over 330 hours during those 8 months.

    If I do one hour’s work (self employed cleaning) in May and one hour in June, will this allow me to meet the 10 month requirements?

    I believe it will as I have over 330 hours.
    Will I need to prove the other ‘2 months’ with the ATO or using an ABN or some other way?
    Thanks

    • Hi Polly,

      Thanks for your question and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I’m afraid that I’m not too sure about this one.

      The problem, I think, with doing those extra days now would be that the Government says you cannot have more than 8 weeks between two working days within the 10 months. If you work in May, for the first time since January that would be well over that 8 weeks. If I were you I’d definitely be speaking to Centrelink now to make sure (keep good notes of who you talked to, when you talked to them and what they said!).

      I’m sorry I couldn’t help more. But I’d love to know how you go. All the best x

  21. Hi! Are you able to get Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement after you get paid for Parental Leave Pay for 18weeks?

    • Hi Marie! Thanks for reading and thanks for your questions. The simple answer though is no, you can only receive one or the other of these payments not both. You may still be eligible for Family Tax Benefits though – just not the Newborn Upfront Payment and Supplement.

      Hope this helps. All the best x

  22. Hello,

    I would like to marry my long term girlfriend and move in together. We are unsure how it will affect her Single Parent Payments and Tax Benefits. Currently she has a 3 year old and is pregnant.

    How much extra money would she be due to receive when she has the second child whilst being single?

    How would this change if we were to get married? I make 60k per year, she is a full time mum.

    Many thanks,
    David

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for your question and thanks for reading.

      I don’t know a great deal about the Parenting Payment but I do know that if she was to move in with you or get married she would no longer receive the Parenting Payment (Single). And, I am pretty sure (although please double check with Centrelink) that your income would be above the threshold for receiving Parenting Payment (Partnered) also.

      She still would be eligible for some Family Tax Benefit A (and B is she’s not working at all, or earning very little). And as this is for each child – she will receive more once the baby is born. She would probably also be eligible for the Newborn Supplement and Upfront Payment.

      You can work out how much Family Tax A and B you might be able to receive here: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/family-tax-benefit#group-125

      Hope this helps. All the best!

  23. Just wondering i stopped receiving ftb a in january as my son (withdisability)turned 20..do i get some supplement at end of financial year..he refuses to go on benefits..

    • Hi Jane. Thanks for reading and thanks for your question.

      From what I understand, people may still be eligible to receive some supplement at the end of the year, even if they haven’t received Family tax benefits for the whole time. I found this on the Centrelink website; How much you receive depends on how many children you have in your care and how many days you were eligible for FTB Part A.

      If I were you I would definitely still put in an application after the end of the financial year to see how you go.

      Thanks! All the best x

  24. Hi! I’m expecting my Baby in November. By that time I will have worked in the same company for 16 months. My questions is about eligibility as I’m a temporary resident, because my partner visa hasn’t been granted yet (I applied over a year ago, but processing time can take up to 2 more years). Am I eligible to apply for paid parental leave? if so, do you know how to process payment directly to us instead to receive it through the employer?
    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Natalia! Congrats on your pregnancy and thanks for your question.

      I do know that some temporary visas do still allow you to be eligible for Parental Leave Pay. Here’s some info I found:

      I found this on the Centrelink site:

      When your child is born or adopted you must be living in Australia and either:

      have Australian citizenship
      hold a permanent visa
      hold a Special Category visa, or
      hold a temporary visa, such as a partner provisional, interdependency or temporary protection visa

      You may be exempt from being an Australian resident, for limited payments and concessions, if you hold a partner provisional visa including:

      subclass 820 – Partner visa (temporary)
      subclass 309 – Partner visa (provisional)

      So I would definitely be looking into this if I were you.

      As for the having it paid direct to you there are situations where this is possible.

      According to their site employers must provide Parental Leave Pay to an eligible employee who:
      – has worked for you for at least 12 months before the expected date of birth or adoption
      – will be your employee until at least the end of their Paid Parental Leave period
      – is Australian based

      If you don’t meet any of those 3 criteria you can request Centrelink pay it directly to you.

      Please come back if you have further questions. Take care x

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  25. Hi there so I have 2 children which I was on single patent I’m now due for my third and have gone partnered, my partner makes 100+ but I’m a stay at home mum going to have 3 kids under the age of five am I entitled to anything? And also preschool for my first born are we entitled to help with daycare for her?

    • Hi Jessica! Thanks for reading and congrats on your pregnancy.

      I would say that with 3 kids you might be eligible for at least a small amount of Family Tax Benefit – depending on how much over $100K you partner makes a year (and other criteria). If you are you eligible for that you might be able to get the Newborn Upfront Payment and some Newborn Supplement as well. It won’t be much but it will be something. You wouldn’t be eligible for Paid Parental Leave if you haven’t been working.

      If your firstborn is doing preschool at a day care centre you may be eligible for Child Care assistance. That side of things all changes on July 2 when the new Child Care subsidy is introduced (replacing the old Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate).

      If I were you I would definitely be putting in a claim to see what you might be eligible for.

      Hope this helps! Take care x

  26. Hi,
    We are expecting our 2nd in November, I was employed as a casual relief teacher in December 2017 but didn’t have my first shift until 19th Feb 2018. Will most likely work 300hrs before November & Hubby earns $100k+.
    What are our options?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi! Congrats on your pregnancy! Very exciting.

      So – the rule is that you have to work for 10 months within the 13 months before your due date – with no more than 8 weeks between two working days. As well as meet the 330 hours rule.

      From what I can tell, in your case the 10 months could start from January. And you should meet that 10 month requirement.

      Your husband’s income is not considered when applying for Parental Leave Pay. It is based on your individual income.

      However with two children, you might also be eligible for a small amount of Family Tax Benefit – especially if you are not working. It would be close to the cut-off so it might be worth waiting until the end of the year to claim a lump sum rather than receive a small amount per fortnight. This would make sure that you’re not overpaid (and then have to pay it back).

      Hope this helps. All the best x

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