Deducting Child Support from an employee’s or contractor’s salary or wages
If you receive a ‘Schedule of Child Support Deductions’ for an employee / contractor, you need to follow these guidelines:
- make a deduction of Child Support at the same time you make tax-withheld deductions
- do not change the amount that we ask you to deduct unless we advise you in writing, or unless the PEA prevents you from deducting the full amount
- if deducting from more than one employee / contractor, you need to give us a breakdown of the total deductions you pay us for each employee / contractor
- you can make payments to us at the end of each pay period (for example, weekly, fortnightly or monthly) or you can pay all the deductions together, as long as you pay the deduction to us by the seventh of the next month
- you can pay by cheque or money order (with a payment advice slip), by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), at Australia Post, through BPAY or Government EasyPay using a credit or debit card.
To arrange payment through EFT or BPAY or to find out more about your other payment options, please call our Payment Enquiry Line on 1800 241 272.
You must advise us if the amount you deduct varies (for example, due to the PEA or an advance payment). A Child Support Deductions Report is available to help you with this, if you choose to use it. Call us on 131 272 and we can send you this form.
If you use Child Support Online Business Services (currently known as CSAonline business services) you can report variations through this service.