October 11, 2019

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When your baby is born you may exist on only one income or you may decide to go back to work part-time.

A reduced income can make it difficult to pay for all the costs involved in raising your family. The Federal Government has recognised this and helps out with a number of different financial compensations. There’s more than one baby bonus on offer so we’ve created this post to make you aware of the different subsidies available. Check them out and see what you’re eligible for.

Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement

The Newborn Upfront Payment is a baby bonus that gives you a tax-free lump sum of $560, while the Newborn Supplement is an increase to your Family Tax Benefit Part A payment. It depends on how many children you have and your family’s income.

If eligible, you can receive the Newborn Supplement for 13 weeks. The maximum amount is $1,679.86 for your first child and $560.56 for subsequent children. Like the upfront payment the supplement is tax-free.

Read more about the Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement.

Parental Leave Pay

This is a short term payment you can receive for up to 18 weeks following the birth or adoption of a child. To be eligible you must have individually earned less than $150,000 in the last financial year. The pay rate is currently $740.60 per week, and it is a taxable payment.

Read more about Parental Leave Pay.

Dad and Partner Pay

This is a two week baby bonus for dads and partners paid at the rate of $740.60 per week. It’s typically paid as a lump sum into your bank account after your claim is accepted.

Read more about Dad and Partner Pay.

Family Tax Benefit

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

Family Tax Benefit Part A:

  • family annual income must be less than $80,000
  • paid for each child you have and how old they are.

Family Tax Benefit Part B:

  • an extra payment for single parents, non-parent carers and couples with one main income
  • income tested
  • can’t receive Part B if getting Parental Leave Pay.

Read more about the Family Tax Benefit.

Child Care Subsidy

This subsidy will help you out with a percentage of the cost of an approved child care centre. Families earning less than $68,163 are eligible for the full 85%. The percentage goes down by 1% for every $3,000 of income your family earns.

Read more about the Child Care Subsidy.

Parenting Payment

This is an income support payment for parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children. The amount you can get depends on your, and your partner’s, income and assets. If eligible, single parents can currently receive $780.70 per fortnight and couples $504.70 per fortnight.

Qualifying for the parenting payment may entitle you 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

Read more about the Parenting Payment.

Receiving entitlements is fantastic but it’s important to be financially savvy across the board in the lead up to and after your baby is born.

Consider just how much a really great value nappy range like Little One’s will save you over the course of your baby’s life. The money you save here could be invested each week and become quite a lovely little nest egg for your child later in life.

Did you know about all these financial pay outs? Tell us in the comments below.

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This post is designed for general information only. We suggest seeking professional advice regarding your individual entitlements.
  • Thanks for sharing. So many bonusses !

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  • Great overview which will help many people out.

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  • Got the bonus 6 years ago for baby one, but then didn’t qualify for baby two, and it’s looking like it won’t be happening for baby three either.

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  • This will probably help a lot of women know what they are entitled to.

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  • Oven book marked this to help myself and friends it’s very help ful. Thank you

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  • We were told we earn to much but then are entitlement to a lump sum as we could have been paid money, but then have to fill out a 40+ page document to get it. It’s a struggle on one wage with 2 kids.

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  • Handy to know as I’m coming up to maternity leave and the company I work for doesn’t pay maternity leave

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  • The paid parental leave really saved us financially when I had our daughter. It’s so confusing when you look online, so this has helped make it a bit clearer.

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  • Great read thank you again

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  • Great article. All this information can be quite overwhelming so it’s a great rundown. Also handy to go to the centerlink website and do the online calculators for ideas of payments and entitlements.

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  • I wish this was around when I was on maternity leave! It only just got introduced when I had my 2nd daughter and it was through the government I don’t think it was even $500 a week back then! And the hoops you had to jump through as well to get it!

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  • This stuff can be really complicated – this is a good overview.

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  • Good article and advice!

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  • What an amazing service Centrelink is offering to all Australians. :-)

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  • Show, I have a nephew who just turned 5. I’m sure when he was born, there was talk of cutting the baby bones out and I think he just kissed the deadline. It was because people were using the lump sum baby bonus for big TVs or stereos…….not spending it on the baby like they were supposed to. We never had any financial bonuses for having kids like they do today. I remember $20 a fortnight for my son. I used to not touch it until I needed to buy baby stuff. It helped

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