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Starting a family

Having a baby

When should you talk to your employer about Parental Leave Pay? How do you register your baby for an eHealth 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 Childhood Immunisation Register

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

Department of Human Services

Breastfeeding helpline

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

Child care – find a child care service

Search by type of care (long, occasional, after school etc), location (town, postcode etc) or name of centre to find approved child care services in your area.

Department of Education and Training

Having a baby

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.
Tabs: State and territory adoption authorities.

Department of Social Services

Parental leave pay

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


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

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby

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

healthdirect Australia

Quit for You – Quit for Two

iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android – Provides support and encouragement to help you give up smoking if you are pregnant or planning to be.

Department of Health

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