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 either:

  • both parents are residents of Australia
  • 1 parent is a resident of Australia and the other parent is a resident of a reciprocating jurisdiction.

We can also make an assessment if the paying parent is a resident of Australia and the child either:

  • is either present in Australia
  • ordinarily resides in Australia
  • is 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.

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

When you don’t meet the rules

Parents who don’t meet the rules may be able to apply for a court order for child maintenance. You apply through your state or territory court dealing with family matters.

Page last updated: 19 August 2019

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