Australian Baby Bonus – Thanks very much!

Australian Baby BonusSince the birth of our little girl the missus has been busy (thanks honey ;) ) completing all the necessary paper work to make sure she was legal.

This has included registering the birth and also completing the appropriate paperwork to apply for our baby bonus.

In Australia, parents of new babies born in Australia are paid a baby bonus. I’m not 100% to sure why the bonus is paid but I think in essence its there to encourage Aussies to ‘go forth and multiply’

Australia is probably as far removed from those countries suffering high population issues as you can get.

Unlike other developed countries, Australia’s population is still very low. At time of typing it stands at approx 20.4 Million and due to the mammoth size of the country theres plenty of room for many more.

Australia’s population density is only 2.6 people to each square kilometer. Compare this to the 246 per kilometer that the UK manages to squeeze in or China’s 636 people per square kilometer and you’ll get the idea.

Because Australia relies so much on an influx of skilled migrants to help its economy it kinda makes sense that locals are encouraged to help contribute to the local economy by bringing new Aussies into the world.

I have to say, when we got $4100 credited to our account by the Aussie government as a thank you for the birth of our beautiful baby daughter I was pretty surprised.

This amount is due to increase to $5000 next year and can be claimed every year until your child is 5 years old.

Thanks very much Mr Howard, that’ll buy a few nappies!

Useful resources : Aussie Taxation Website Baby Bonus Info : Link opens in new window.

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia.
Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assitance, Getting Down Under.

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  1. Hello there,

    I am Filipino married to an Australian here in Australia last year 2009. Me and my husband fell pregnant this year and the baby’s due next month already. I am holding a Spousa Visa (Temporary). I understand that holding a temporary spouse visa entitled me for medicare only. But i would like to know if i am entitled for applying for Baby Bonus for my baby. How do i apply & when? The Baby Bonus will be a great help for the baby for nappies & her necessities coz if we only rely on my hubby’s measly salary, we cant be able to buy necessities for the baby. Is it alright if i open a new bank account & request the Baby Bonus to deposit on that new account? Me & my husband has a joint bank account but i would like the baby bonus financial assistance be separated from our joint account.
    Please help, what will i do?
    Thank you so much, hopinf for your reply soon.

  2. hhhhhhmmmmmmm………. i wish we were as successful as you Mr Howard, i gave birth to me beautiful baby daughter at the end of Jan ’09 here in Australia and because of our 457 subclass business visa we are not entitled to the baby bonus, nor does our daughter (orn here ofcourse) get citizenship. Can you believe we still had to apply for British citizen for her back in the U.K. and get her a visa to remain in this country even although she was born here!! Weird how for Tax purposes we are all classed as Australian residents but to claim the baby bonus we’re not, work that one out!! :-( “don’t think much of Australia so far………..” They need to take a leaf out of Britains book and apply the same rules to ALL who reside there.

    • THE REALITY OF AUST.from 2 Aussies.(3rd generation)
      WE dont mind immigration at sensible levels-multiculturalism is great/enriching at culturally balanced levels – but enough is enough.Today, theres a rental housing crisis in melbourne /sydney because streams(will be 1 million soon) of unskilled/skilled indians are coming out here.

      Alot also come on fake qualifications to do sham study courses at indian-only colleges.(students without fluent english suffer terribly-cant hold a job except for slave wage jobs.)
      We cant wait for our government to change to liberal(right wing) to have sensible amounts of migration.
      Your own indian immigration agents are ripping students off with fake schools and promises-dont blame it on us,your own country men ripped you off.

      we’ll give u the heads up ,in our cities here theres a business recession going on & its guna get worse in 2011 except in the resources/mining and real estate sectors which are propping up our glowing economic facade on paper.its gunna crash.
      We welcome qualified professionals such as yourself,with a degree and decent english, but your not even an aussie so stop complaining about not getting OUR government baby bonus handouts.( what youve lived here only 2-3 yrs on a temp visa?)

      It makes us sick that we see common occurrences in india and here of indian girls getting forced to get pregnant/married to enable citizenship/ visas etc-that is slavery.Not all girls are capable of been nuturing/stable mothers.

      Dont you all realise that alot of you are been conned-theres not enough housing here for hundreds of thousands of students a year.

      Believe me australia is such an expensive country to live now,really do your reserch b/f coming.max and sharon,sydney.

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