Proving your child’s birth or adoption

You need to give us proof of your child’s birth or adoption before we can finalise your claim for Parental Leave Pay or Family Tax Benefit.

How to register a child’s birth

The hospital will give you a birth registration form after the birth of your baby. You can use this to register the birth of your child with your state or territory government. You can’t get Parental Leave Pay or the Newborn Supplement component of Family Tax Benefit Part A until you do this.

Read more about registering your child's birth on the australia.gov.au website.

How to prove a child’s birth

Your hospital or midwife will give you a Parent Pack after the birth of your baby. It will include a Newborn Child Declaration. A doctor or midwife must sign the Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration on the last page. Use this declaration to give us proof of your child’s birth.

You or the other parent only need to give proof of your child’s birth once.

You can use the signed declaration to do all of the following:

You can also use the declaration to register your child for a My Health Record. Read about My Health Record on the Australian Digital Health Agency website.

When you give us proof of your child’s birth, we’ll also use this if the other parent claims Dad and Partner Pay.

If you lose your Newborn Child Declaration, it can't be reissued. However, you can still claim the same payments and services by giving us either:

  • your child’s birth certificate or a certified extract
  • a letter from the doctor or midwife who attended the birth, including home births.

If you give us a letter from the doctor or midwife, it must include all of the following:

  • your child’s name, date and place of birth
  • your details and the details of the other parent
  • the doctor's or midwife’s signature, qualifications and registration number.

You can also provide an Australian Government document that verifies your child's name and date of birth, such as either a:

  • passport
  • naturalisation certificate.

How to prove a child’s adoption

When you adopt a child, you’ll get adoption papers to confirm the process has started. Use these to do all of the following:

Read more about payments and services when adopting a child.

How to give us proof of birth or adoption to claim a payment

You can make a claim for Family Tax Benefit and Parental Leave Pay either before or after your child's birth or adoption. In either case, you'll need to submit proof of birth or adoption to finalise your claim.

Submit a claim before your child’s birth or adoption

You can start a claim before your child’s birth or adoption. You’ll then need to finish the claim after your child’s birth or adoption.

To submit proof of birth or adoption online if you have started a claim before your child’s birth or adoption:

  1. Sign in to your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
  2. Select Add Newborn in your online account or Add Child in the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
  3. Answer all the questions and attach a scan or photo of your proof of birth or adoption. Proof of birth is the signed Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration. This is found on the back of your Newborn Child Declaration. If you adopted your child attach the adoption papers.

If you can’t do this online, you can submit your proof of birth or adoption at a service centre.

If the other parent claims Dad and Partner Pay for your child, we’ll use your proof of birth or adoption for their claim also.

Submit a claim after your child’s birth or adoption

After your child’s birth or adoption, you can submit the proof of birth or adoption with your online claim.

Your online claim will also:

To submit proof of birth or adoption online:

  1. Sign in to your Centrelink online account through myGov.
  2. Select Make a Claim, then Start a new claim.
  3. Under Families, select Get started.
  4. Select Apply for Family Assistance (including Paid Parental Leave).
  5. Answer all the questions and attach a scan or photo of your child's proof of birth or adoption. Proof of birth is the signed Doctor/Midwife – Proof of Birth Declaration. This is found on the back of your Newborn Child Declaration. If you adopted your child attach the adoption papers.
  6. Submit your claim.

If you can’t do this online, you can submit your proof of birth or adoption at a service centre.

Register a child for a My Health Record

Only the birth mother can register a newborn child for a My Health Record using the Newborn Child Declaration.

If you have parental responsibility you can Register a child for a My Health Record.

When you're not claiming a payment

If you're not claiming any payments, complete all pages of the Newborn Child Declaration to:

Submit your completed Newborn Child Declaration at a service centre or by post. The postal address is on the declaration.

Page last updated: 28 May 2021