The Baby Bonus cash gift helps to defray the costs of caring for and raising a new born child. It is presently disbursed in three instalments over the first 12 months from the birth of the child.
Parents currently utilise a range of care options during the child’s infancy (first 18 months), from centre-based infant care to informal caregiving arrangements. To better support parents with out-of-pocket caregiving expenses during this period, the Government will enhance the Baby Bonus Cash Gift by providing a Baby Bonus Plus of $2,000 cash. This will be disbursed between 15th and 18th months after the child’s birth. The enhanced Baby Bonus Cash Gift (inclusive of the Baby Bonus Plus) will provide more sustained support to parents during the child’s infancy.
Baby Bonus Cash Gift (Current)
Baby Bonus Cash Gift + Baby Bonus Plus (New)
Total after Enhancement
1st and 2nd
$6,000 + $2,000 (Baby Bonus Plus)
3rd and 4th
$8,000 + $2,000 (Baby Bonus Plus)
5th and higher
Period from childbirth
Baby Bonus Cash Gift - 1st, 6th and 12th month
Baby Bonus Plus - 15th and 18th month