Child support assessment

Residence rules

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

If you live in a reciprocating jurisdiction you 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.

This information was printed Monday 27 May 2019 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/child-support/child-support-assessment/what-you-need-know/residence-rules It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.

Page last updated: 11 April 2019