Deciding between Parental Leave Pay and Stillborn Baby Payment

If your baby was stillborn, your family may get payments.

There are payments to support you if your baby was stillborn.

We understand this is a difficult time for you and your family. If you experience pregnancy loss, or neonatal death, there are support services and information you may find helpful.

How we define stillbirth for our payments

To be eligible for this payment, a stillbirth needs to meet our definition. A stillborn baby is one who had not breathed since delivery and had no heartbeat after birth.

To be considered stillborn, a baby also had to have a gestation period of at least 20 weeks or weighed at least 400 grams at their birth.

What the differences are between payments

You need to decide what to claim if your baby was stillborn. Your family may be able to get Dad and Partner Pay and either:

  • Parental Leave Pay
  • Stillborn Baby Payment.

When deciding between the payments, there are some key differences.

Parental Leave Pay Stillborn Baby Payment

Higher amount up to a total of $14,624.10. Parental Leave Pay is currently $812.45 per week. You can get it for up to 18 weeks.

A one-off lump sum payment of $3,766.14

Is a taxable payment.

Is not a taxable payment.

Uses an individual income test.

Uses an estimate of your family’s adjusted taxable income.

You must meet a work test.

No work test.

What the income tests are

Parental Leave Pay uses an individual income test.

You must have earned $151,350 or less in the 2020-21 financial year or you must have earned $156,647 or less in the 2021-22 financial year. There are additional rules that describe which financial year we use. Find out more about meeting the Parental Leave Pay income test.

Stillborn Baby Payment uses an estimate of your family’s adjusted taxable income test.

Your family must earn no more than $67,161 in the 6 months after your baby’s birth.

How to claim

You can claim Parental Leave Pay or Stillborn Baby Payment online using your Centrelink online account.

You can read more about how to claim Parental Leave Pay.

You can also read more about how to claim Stillborn Baby Payment.

What to do if you did a pre-birth claim

If you claimed Parental Leave Pay before the birth of your child, you can complete the claim online. As part of this, we’ll ask if your child was stillborn. You’ll be asked to give us proof of birth.

If their expected date of birth was on or after 1 July 2023 and your child’s birth was earlier than expected, we’ll contact you. We’ll only do this once you’ve provided proof of birth for your child. We’ll discuss and update your claim for Parental Leave Pay.

Page last updated: 27 March 2023.
QC 63685

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