Government Response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Child Support Program — implementation

This measure improves the way agreements, income, care and overpayments are considered in Child Support cases.

Information update: This Budget measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

This measure improves the way agreements, income, care and overpayments are considered in Child Support cases.

From 1 January 2018, the Department of Human Services will consider:

  • Amended tax assessments when assessing cases in a broader range of circumstances, and
  • The way disputed (interim) care of a child is used for Child Support and Family Tax Benefit will change.

From 1 July 2018:

  • Most child support agreements will either end or suspend if the person entitled to child support stops being an eligible carer of the child, and there will be fewer restrictions on the ability of the courts to set aside agreements made before 1 July 2008.
  • The methods for the Department of Human Services to enforce the recovery of a child support overpayment from a payee will be expanded to align with the methods for recovering a child support debt from a payer.

Questions and answers

Whom does this measure affect?

This measure will affect people paying or receiving child support where:

  • the taxable income used in their assessment is amended
  • the care of a child is disputed
  • they have an active child support agreement or who subsequently enter into one (Agreements), or
  • payees with overpayments debts (Overpayments).

This measure will also affect Family Tax Benefit recipients whose care of a child is disputed (Disputed care).

What date will this measure start and finish?

On 1 January 2018, the Amended Tax Assessments and Disputed Care parts of this measure will start and are ongoing.

On 1 July 2018, the Agreement and Overpayment parts of this measure will start and are ongoing.

Page last updated: 15 May 2017

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