As your baby grows

As your baby grows, keep their immunisations up to date. Discuss returning to work with your employer. Tell us if you’re returning to work.

Immunise your child

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against harmful diseases. The more people who are immunised, the less chance some diseases have to spread.

Your child needs to meet immunisation requirements to get some payments. We may reduce or stop certain family assistance payments if your child doesn’t meet the requirements.

You can use the Australian Immunisation Register to keep track of your child’s immunisations.

Read about the National Immunisation Program Schedule on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Learn about child health and safety

As your baby grows, it’s important that they have a safe environment so they can grow and thrive. We have information and support available to help you keep your child safe.

Discuss your return to work options with your employer

You may put a flexible working arrangement in place to help you transition back into the workplace.

Use the Supporting Working Parents website to find out about your rights both:

  • during parental leave
  • when you’re returning to work.

Read about your rights on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Consider your child care options

We offer help with the cost of child care through Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

If your Centrelink online account is linked to myGov, sign in now to submit a claim.

Sign in to myGov

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to create them.

You can also use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

If you’re eligible for CCS, you may get extra help through Additional Child Care Subsidy.

There may be a waiting list for child care services. You can use Starting Blocks to find approved child care providers and availability near you.

Tell us if you’re returning to work

Remember to tell us if you’re returning to work. If your Centrelink online account is linked to myGov, sign in now to tell us.

Sign in to myGov

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you’ll need to create them.

In some cases, you may get a higher rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B. This includes if you’re returning to work for the first time since either:

  • the birth of your child
  • your child entered your care.

Read about getting the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B for parents returning to work.

If you receive Child Care Subsidy, you should update your Activity Test details and estimate of income for the financial year.

For children born or adopted before 1 July 2023

If you’re a parent of a child born or adopted before 1 July 2023, returning to work may affect your payments. This is if you return before the end of either your:

Read about how going back to work can affect your Parental Leave Pay.

For children born or adopted from 1 July 2023

If you’re a parent of a child born or adopted from 1 July 2023, the return to work rules will no longer apply for Parental Leave Pay. This means both:

  • you’ll no longer have to take your Parental Leave Pay before returning to work
  • you can now take the amount of leave that works for you.

You must not be working or planning to work on any day you have asked to get Parental Leave Pay.

Support to return to work

The Mid-Career Checkpoint Program may be able to help you return to work or upgrade skills to be job ready. It’s currently in its pilot stage and available to parents or carers living in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. You may be able to access up to $3,000 to support accredited training.

It’s available to parents or carers who have either:

  • been out of the workforce for at least 6 months due to caring responsibilities
  • recently returned to paid work.

You may also be eligible if you’re working in certain industries and are at risk of losing your job due to COVID-19.

Find out if you’re eligible for the Mid-Career Checkpoint Program on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Help managing your money

We have some tips and information on how to manage your money.

What you spend on your children’s education could be one of your family’s biggest expenses. Education costs can add up quickly. Planning and saving is the key to meeting your goals. Use the simple money manager to plan ahead.

Set a savings target that works for you. Then watch your savings add up. You can use the savings goal calculator on the Moneysmart website to make a start.

The weekly payment option can allow you to get your income support payment weekly. This can help you if you find it hard to budget a fortnightly payment. You can’t get Family Tax Benefit paid weekly.

If you get Family Tax Benefit or Carer Allowance, you can ask them to be offset. This means your payment can be paid on a different week to your income support payment. To find out if you’re eligible, call your regular payment line.

Saver Plus is a matched savings and financial education program offered locally by community organisations in every state and territory. Read more about it on the Brotherhood of St Laurence website.

Check if you qualify for a no interest loan from Good Shepherd. These loans provide safe, fair and affordable credit for essential goods and services. You can pay this loan back through Centrepay.

The Financial Information Service can help you make informed decisions about your finances.

Page last updated: 30 May 2023.
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