Who can get it

You may be able to get Stillborn Baby Payment if you recently had a baby who was stillborn.

You may be able to get this payment if all of the following apply:

  • you recently had a baby who was stillborn
  • you or your partner would have been the baby’s main carer
  • you don’t get Parental Leave Pay for the same baby
  • you meet the residence rules about living in Australia
  • you meet an income test.

You can’t get Stillborn Baby Payment and Parental Leave Pay for the same baby. But, your family may be able to get Stillborn Baby Payment and Dad and Partner Pay for the same baby.

How we define stillbirth for our payments

To be eligible for our payments, 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.

Income test

To get this payment, you need to meet an income test. The income test uses your family’s adjusted taxable income. We ask what you expect this to be for the 6 months after your baby’s birth.

The limit is an income of $72,400 in the 6 months after your baby’s birth.

Page last updated: 28 September 2023.
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