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Starting a family

Adopting children from overseas

Fact sheet providing an overview on overseas adoption. If you live in Australia and are considering adopting a child from overseas, contact your state or territory adoption authority.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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

Having a baby

Having a baby is a major event. A range of services and payments are available to assist new parents, including Paid Parental Leave and Baby Bonus. You should also register your new baby with the medicare program.

Department of Human Services

Having a baby (NSW)

A new, comprehensive reference guide for women who are pregnant or planning to have a baby and their families. It has been designed to offer 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

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. Getting your money under control with these MoneySmart tips before your life changes, will help to meet the needs of your child, and yourself.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Immunise Australia Program

This website provides information about immunisation and Australian immunisation standards, including translations of some materials. Based on accurate information available at this time, the Immunise Australia Program website will help you to make informed decisions.

Department of Health

Intercountry adoption

Provides information on intercountry adoption and links to further information for parents with faqs, legislation and a list of further useful links.

Attorney-General's Department

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


Topic page linking to information on health issues for both mothers and babies during pregnancy.

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.

Australian National Preventive Health Agency

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