Note: From 1 March 2014, the baby bonus will be abolished and replaced with new family payment arrangements. These new arrangements include the NBS, which is an add-on component of FTB Part A, and the SBP.
This topic describes when an early claim for FTB, and baby bonus may be made and the deferral of determination of early claims. More detailed descriptions of the claim process for these payments are provided at 4.2 for FTB and 4.5 for baby bonus.
Claims for FTB by instalment and claims for baby bonus may be made up to 97 days before the expected DOB of the child or the day the child is expected to enter the care of the individual making the claim. The day that the child is expected to be born or to enter the individual's care is the day the child is expected to become an FTB child of the individual. Early claims are subject to deferral rules.
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 3(1)-'early claim day'
Policy reference: FA Guide 126.96.36.199 FTB Child
If an individual makes an early claim for payment of FTB by instalment or for payment of baby bonus and the Secretary is satisfied that the individual is likely to be eligible for FTB or for baby bonus in respect of the child if the child were to become an FTB child of the individual, the Secretary must defer determination of the claim until the earlier of the following:
Example: Sarah is expecting her first child on 2 January 2011 and lodges her claim for family assistance in October 2010. Sarah gives birth to her child on 4 January 2011 and provides proof of her child's birth to Centrelink on 16 January 2011. Centrelink can determine Sarah's claim, effective from 4 January 2011.
Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 15B Deferral of determination of early claims, section 41(3) Deferral of "normal circumstances" baby bonus determination pending birth etc. of child
Last reviewed: 11 November 2013