An unmarried pregnant woman may apply to the Family Court or Magistrates Court for an order to compel the father of the unborn child to contribute in the necessary expenses of child birth.
This is provided for under the Family Law Act 1975 s.67B and such application must be filed within 12 months after giving birth or beyond that with leave of court. The contribution may be towards:
Childbirth maintenance period refers to the period that begins on the day mentioned in the above paragraphs (a) and (b) and end 3 months after the birth of the child:
(a) If the mother
Works in paid employment; and
The period begins on the day the mother stops working or in any other case, 2 months before the child is born.
The expenses to which a father needs to contribute are calculated after rebates have been received from private health insurances and Medicare. Courts cannot consider any income received by the mother if it is a means tested allowance or benefit from Centrelink.