Residence rules for a child support assessment

We can make a child support assessment if at least 1 parent lives in Australia.

We can make a child support assessment if:

  • both parents are residents of Australia
  • one parent is a resident of Australia and the other parent is a resident of a reciprocating jurisdiction, or
  • the paying parent is a resident of Australia and the child is either present in Australia, ordinarily resides in Australia or they’re an Australian citizen

Parents who live in a reciprocating jurisdiction can apply for a child support assessment. You need to submit your application with the overseas authority in your country of residence. That country must then send the application to us.

Parents who can’t apply for a child support assessment may be able to apply for a court order for child maintenance. This can be completed through your state or territory court dealing with family matters.

Read more about child support when parents or children live overseas.

Page last updated: 18 October 2017