Before the birth
Before your baby is born it's a good idea to check the various payments that are available to help with the cost of having a baby. Some of them can be claimed 3 months before the baby is due.
Centrelink provides a handy tool to help you find the payments that you might be eligible for.
Register a birth
All babies born in NSW need to be registered within 8 weeks of the birth – the hospital doesn't do this for you. The parents of the baby can register the birth online.
Register a birth after 60 days
Registering a birth after 60 days requires more proof of the child's identification and can result in the application taking longer to process.
Apply to add a father's details to a birth registration
The biological parents of a child are able to add a father's details to a birth registered in NSW.
Apply to add a mother's details to a birth registration
Where a woman is in a married or same-sex de facto relationship, the other mother can be added to the birth registration.
Apply for a birth certificate
Before you can apply for a birth certificate, the birth needs to have been registered.
Apply for recognition of early pregnancy loss
The Recognition of Early Pregnancy Loss certificate is not a legal document but can be used to commemorate a loss.