Child support assessment

Ending an assessment

There are a number of reasons why a child support assessment will end.

A child support assessment will continue until there is a change of circumstances that causes it to end. We call this a terminating event. 

Please make sure you keep us up to date about any changes to your circumstances.

Changes relating to the child

Your assessment will end if:

  • the child turns 18, unless they’re still in secondary education, and we accept an application to extend the assessment
  • the child marries or starts living in a marriage like relationship
  • someone else adopts the child
  • the child dies
  • the child is no longer in Australia, and is no longer an Australian resident or citizen and the person entitled to get child support is not a resident of a reciprocating jurisdiction

Changes relating to care

Your assessment will end if:

  • we’re notified of a care change more than 26 weeks after it occurs, and a parent or non parent carer stops having 35% care or more and the other parent starts having 35% care or more
  • both parents have less than 35% care of the child and there is no non-parent carer entitled to receive child support

Changes relating to the parents

Your assessment will end if:

  • we accept the receiving parent’s application to end the assessment form
  • we accept an application to end the assessment and the assessment was started by a child support agreement. Either parent can apply while the agreement is suspended
  • we accept a binding child support agreement that ends the assessment
  • one of the parents in the assessment dies and there is no non-parent carer entitled to receive child support
  • the parents have been reconciled for 6 months or more
  • both parents stop being residents of Australia
  • someone else starts caring for the child under child welfare law in South Australia or Western Australia
  • we get written notice that the receiving parent is now a resident of New Zealand
  • the paying parent stops being a resident of Australia or of a reciprocating jurisdiction
  • another ongoing child support liability, such as an overseas child support liability, is registered for the same parents and child

Page last updated: 20 July 2018