Yeah no other kids this is the 1st one. Thought if I get it done a little earlier it may come through when I need it!!
Hi Storyoftheyear_07, my name is Rahul and I work at the Australian Government Department of Human Services in a team that responds to enquiries about Centrelink on social media sites like this one.
I'm sorry you were having difficulty navigating the Centrelink website but we're gradually moving information from here to humanservices.gov.au which will hopefully make searches easier. There's information already here specifically related to births and I've included a link below to this:
There are a number of payments and services available to parents, including Paid Parental Leave, Baby Bonus and Family Tax Benefit. These are all paid after the baby is born. You can enter your details and find out what you may be entitled to using the online estimator at http://humanservices.gov.au/estimators
For before the birth, Newstart Allowance is a payment that you could test your eligibility for, but generally you must be considered unemployed. You mentioned you won't have earnings in the next few weeks so it'd be a good idea to call our Employment Services line on 13 2850 to test your eligibility again if your circumstances have changed. It's good to note that you may still be considered unemployed for Newstart Allowance if you're working casually and meet certain requirements.
To receive Newstart Allowance, you must normally satisfy activity test requirements such as be looking for work. If you are expecting though, you can apply for an exemption. This is normally granted six weeks prior to the expected birth of your child. If you are experiencing health problems outside this period of exemption, you can discuss with us about having an earlier exemption applied. There's more on Newstart Allowance at the link below:
Hope that helps and best wishes for the birth.