Find the answers to the above questions and all the resources you need when having a baby in Australia as a kiwi.
There is no yes or no answer as it depends on your circumstances and what options you choose to go for. In Australia you receive antenatal care from your GP, midwife or obstetrician.
In Australia, Medicare can cover some or all of your expenses during your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. Medicare covers:
Australian families are able to access health care and financial benefits including Medicare, newborn payments, child care payments and parental leave pay. Read here all the info you need to know about these foreign Government payments: http://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/medicare-and-other-benefits.
Being a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia qualifies you for enrollment in the Medicare program, so you will want to make sure you do this soon after arriving in Australia: https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/medicare-australia/.
The Baby Bonus is no longer available. It has been replaced by Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement, which is a lump sum and an increase to your Family Tax Benefit Part A payment when you start caring for a baby or child that’s recently come into your care. Kiwi’s on a SCV are eligible for this.
A lump sum payment of $550 per child, which is not taxable.
An ongoing payment for up to 13 weeks, which is not taxable.
The amount you receive depends on how many children you have and your family’s income. The maximum amount you can receive for your first child is $1,649.83. For subsequent children the maximum amount is $550.55.
If you’re eligible for the base rate or more of FTB Part A, you’ll receive the maximum rate of Newborn Supplement. If you’re eligible for less than the base rate of FTB Part A, you’ll receive a reduced rate of Newborn Supplement.
If you have a twins or more you may receive the following for each child:
This also applies if you:
If you’re also eligible for Parental Leave Pay, you can receive Parental Leave Pay for 1 child and Newborn Upfront Payment and Newborn Supplement for other children.
This is where you will get all the information on being pregnant in Australia: http://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/being-pregnant. There is great general information on having a healthy pregnancy, keeping fit, you and your baby’s wellbeing, etc. It also contains all the info on checkups, screenings and scans, if you have complications during pregnancy and if things go wrong.
This is where you will get all the information on having a baby in Australia: http://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/child-birth. There are lots of things to consider when planning the birth of your baby. Here you will find information on the options for pregnancy and birth care, what happens during labour and what to expect immediately after.
Your baby will not be an Australian citizen if you are both in Australia on a non-protected SCV.
If you were born in Australia, and at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident when you were born, you are an Australian citizen by birth.
Your baby will be able to apply for Australian citizenship if they live in Australia until they are age 10: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citizenship/certificate/get-a-certificate#Overview.
New Zealanders with a child born in Australia, who is not Australian citizen at birth, should apply for New Zealand citizenship by descent and a passport for the child as soon as they are born. Do not wait until you have a family emergency requiring you to travel overseas. New Zealand citizenship by descent and passport applications take up to 30 working days to be processed and costs AU$407. Urgent requests take up to 10 working days and cost AU$622.
Here you can find info on bringing up a baby and child in Australia:
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is funded by the Australian Government and operated by Healthdirect Australia. This is a fantastic resoruce for New Zealanders living in Australia with a family: http://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/.
They offer a fantastic help line and will be able to answer all your questions after you arrive in Australia. I called them but they unfortunately can’t talk to people outside Australia.
Here is some useful info you will want to read about having a baby in Australia: https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/having-baby. It covers , , and tools and information.
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