Hello, I am not an accountant so I cant answer how much the baby bonus will be for you. But I can give a basic run down.....
The baby bonus was designed to give the mothers something in return for not going back to work. It is worked out on how much your wage decreased from the following year ie when fulltime to now either part time or not working etc., due to having the baby. It is supposed to make up for the fact you have lost the extra wage. Everyone who had a baby before the 01.07.04 may be eligible for the baby bonus until your child starts school. It is worked out when you have your tax done. If you are eligible for it a reconciliation will be done and the extra payment will be sent to you.
This payment was axed as of the 01.07.04. as the Maternity Bonus of $3000.00 came in. But if you had your baby prior to this the baby bonus will apply to you.
The $800 you received when you had your baby was the old Maternity Allowance. As of the 01.07.04. this no longer exist as the Maternity Bonus of $3000.00 took over.
So in a nut shell what you still MAY receive is this - the baby bonus once you have your tax completed and the $600 in September if you do not have any FTB debts & you were eligible for FTB-A in the last financial year being 2003/2004.
I hope this hasnt confused you but as you can see there is a lot to answer in your question.
Now the OOFP (one off family payment) of $600.00 which was paid before the 30.06.04. is exactly that a one off payment. You would have received this if you are or were eligible for FTB (Family Tax Benefit) part A. If you only received FTB part A for part of the year or if you dont claim CCB (child care benefit) then you would not have received the OOFP. However once you have your tax return completed and confirmed by the ATO (Australian Taxation Office) then another reconcilication will be done and the $600 will be paid.
In September this year (not sure when in the month) if you do not have a FTB debt and you were entitled to receive FTB-A then another $600 will be paid to you. If you have a debt then Centrelink will take back what you owe and forward the difference. If you owe more the $600 then you will receive a letter advising you of this and you will need to contact Centrelink to make arrangements to pay the debt.
The other bonus is this. The $600 payment in September will stay.............YES that is right STAY, every September if you are or were entitled to claim FTB-A then you will receive what they are calling the FTB Supplement of $600. Of course if you have a debt Centrelink will keep what you owe and forward the balance to you etc.....This means if you have 3 children you will receive a payment of $1800 ($600 for every child) less any FTB debts if any.
Basicly what the best thing everyone can do is make sure they have their tax done ASAP so they get their money - fast!!