Notifying us of a court order for child maintenance

You can apply to a court for a child maintenance order for a child who is in the care or guardianship of a person under a child welfare law in certain states and territories in Australia.

You can apply to a court for a child maintenance order if you are:

  • the parent of the child including an adoptive parent
  • the child in your own right and do not have a registered child support case with us
  • the grandparent of the child
  • any other person concerned with the care, welfare or development of the child

You can apply to a court for a child maintenance order for a child who is in the care or guardianship of a person under a child welfare law in certain states and territories in Australia if you are:

  • the child in your own right and do not have a registered child support case with us
  • a parent who has daily care of the child including an adoptive parent
  • a relative who has daily care of the child
  • a child welfare officer of a state or territory

To apply for a child maintenance order, contact the Federal Circuit Court or Family Court.

Once your have a child maintenance order from the court you can then notify us of this order.

Supporting documents

Applicants should complete the Notification about Court Orders and Registered Agreements form.

Paying parents should complete the Information from a person required to pay maintenance form.

You will also need to send us a sealed copy of the court order.

Submitting your court order and supporting documents

Send your completed form and any supporting documents to:

Department of Human Services
GPO Box 9815
MELBOURNE Vic 3001, Australia

Or fax it to 1300 309 949

Confirming your notification

We will inform you and the other parent when you advise us of a court ordered child support agreement.

You have the right to object to a child support a decision we make.

Read more about objections to child support decisions.

Page last updated: 8 September 2016