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Parental rights and finances

Medicare during pregnancy

Medicare is a health insurance scheme funded by the Australian government. Find out what is covered by Medicare during pregnancy.

Medicare and other benefits

In addition to Medicare, there are a range of health care and financial benefits available to support families in Australia.

Private health insurance and pregnancy

If you are planning to have a child and want private health insurance, there are things to consider such as waiting periods and what is covered.

Public vs private care during pregnancy

When having a baby, you may make a decision between public vs private care during pregnancy. Find out more about the differences including care provid...

Pregnancy care on a visa

Pregnancy care on a visa is available to anyone in Australia but there may be extra costs if you are not covered by Medicare or private health insuran...

Payments for families

Payments to support families are available from the Australian Government if you are the parent or carer of a child. Find out if you might be eligible...

Family Tax Benefit Part A

Family Tax Benefit Part A is a payment to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children. Find out more about the Family Tax Benefit Part...

Family Tax Benefit Part B

Family Tax Benefit is a payment to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children. Find out more about the Family Tax Benefit Part B here...

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is a payment designed to help with the costs of child care. Find out whether you might be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy h...

Dental benefits for kids (CDBS)

The Australian Government's Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) helps cover the cost of your child's visiting the dentist. Learn more here.

Parental rights

The law sets out the rights and responsibilities that parents have in relation to bringing up their children and provides information on parental righ...

Disability rights

Disabled children have the same rights to education and other services as other kids. Learn more about disability rights and where to seek assistance.

Disability financial support

Disability financial support is available from the Federal, State and Territory governments. Find out more about the benefits your child may be entitl...

Financial support for rural families

Many families with children and babies live in rural and remote areas. Find out what financial assistance is available to families in the country.

Financial support for teenage parents

One of the biggest concerns as a young parent is how to support yourself and your child. Learn more about financial support for teenage parents.

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