Reciprocating jurisdictions and residency for Child Support
Australia has arrangements for Child Support with a number of countries. These are known as reciprocating jurisdictions. The ability to collect Child Support in reciprocating jurisdictions varies according to local laws, procedures or policies in those countries.
|Reciprocating jurisdiction countries|
|Algeria||Czech Republic||Ireland||Nauru||South Africa|
|Austria||Ecuador||Kazakhstan||New Zealand||Sri Lanka|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia||Lithuania||Philippines||Tanzania (excluding Zanzibar)|
|Brazil||France||Luxembourg||Poland||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Central African Republic||Haiti||Mexico||Seychelles||United Kingdom (including Alderney, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Sark)|
|Chile||Holy See, The||Moldova||Sierra Leone||United States of America|
*Canada includes the following Provinces and Territories: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.
A separated parent who is a resident of Australia can apply to us for a Child Support assessment if the other parent is a resident of Australia or a reciprocating jurisdiction other than an excluded jurisdiction.
Excluded jurisdictions include:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Yukon (Canadian territory)
- Cook Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Samoa (not American Samoa)”
In some circumstances a person who is living in a non-reciprocating jurisdiction may still be a resident of Australia for the purpose of Child Support.
We will decide whether a person is a resident of Australia or another country based on information from both parties and other Australian Government departments such as the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Information that can help us make a decision about a person’s residency includes:
- sources of income
- location of assets and property
- reasons for leaving Australia, and
- time spent overseas.
For more information about particular countries please call us on +61 131 272.