Under current legislation, a family whose baby dies shortly after birth is entitled to a bereavement payment, while parents of stillborn babies are NOT. This payment entitles families to continue to receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A for that child (means tested – up to $186.20 per fortnight) for up to 14 weeks.
If parents are not receiving Parental Leave Pay, there is a one-off stillborn baby payment of $2,239.86, which is consistent with the Newborn Supplement and Newborn Upfront Payments. For subsequent stillbirths; however, which we know happens all too frequently, that stillborn baby payment is halved.
The Foundation is working with the Government and the Social Services Minister to rectify these discrepancies. We will update you as we make progress. You can read our 2019-2020 pre-budget submission here.