Helping you find government information and services

Starting a family

Find government information on a range of services and topics to help new parents before, during and after having a baby.

Having a baby

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When should you talk to your employer about Parental Leave Pay? How do you register your baby for a My Health record? When should you immunise your baby? Answers to these questions, and heaps more information about a range of services and payments to assist new parents.

Department of Human Services

Australian Immunisation Register

A national register that records vaccinations given to children under seven years of age.

Department of Human Services

Breastfeeding helpline

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Available 7 days a week on 1800 686 268, it is staffed by trained, volunteer counsellors who answer calls on a roster system.

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Having a baby

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Offers expert advice to women on what they can expect during pregnancy, birth and the first weeks with their new baby, as well as tips on how they can prepare for this exciting time.

Department of Health [NSW]

Having a baby – MoneySmart tips

Tips on budgeting and money management when you are having a baby.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Intercountry Adoption Australia

Provides information for people at all stages of the intercountry adoption process. Includes a telephone help line for families adopting a child from overseas on Freecall 1800 197 760 Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Department of Social Services

Keeping baby safe

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A guide to infant and nursery products with easy steps you can take to ensure your baby remains safe in your home.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Parental leave pay

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Provides government funded financial support for up to 18 weeks to help eligible parents take time off work to care for a newborn or recently adopted child.

Department of Human Services


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Provides information on health issues for both mothers and babies during pregnancy. Healthdirect provides links to some of Australia's most authoritative health organisations and their websites.

Healthdirect Australia Ltd

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby

Provides an online service and a free call on 1800 882 436 for information, advice and support through pregnancy and childbirth to preschool.  Browse the website or call the helpline and speak with a qualified counsellor. Calls from landlines are free, mobile charges may apply.

Healthdirect Australia Ltd

Quit for You – Quit for Two

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Provides support and encouragement to help you give up smoking if you are pregnant or planning to be.

Australian National Preventive Health Agency

Supporting Working Parents

Provides information for employers and employees on employee entitlements and responsibilities and employer obligations in relation to pregnancy, parental leave and return to work.

Australian Human Rights Commission

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