If you care for a child and you're not their parent, you may be able to get child support from one or both parents.
If you’re a non-parent carer, our Grandparent Advisers are there to help you. They support grandparents, other family members, legal guardians and others who care for someone else’s children. Read about Grandparent Advisers.
Who can apply
You can apply for non-parent carer child support if all of these things are true:
- you care for the child for at least 128 nights a year
- you aren’t the partner of either of the child’s parents
- you don’t have joint care with either of the child’s parents
- the people you’re asking for child support from are:
- the child’s parents
- living in Australia or a reciprocating jurisdiction on the day you apply, and
- the child’s parents have agreed to you caring for the child - they don’t need to agree to this if it would be unreasonable for them to care for the child
How to apply
You can contact us or can fill in an Application for child support assessment - Non-parent carer.
You must apply for child support from both parents unless:
- one parent doesn’t live in Australia or a reciprocating jurisdiction
- one parent has died, or
- we’re satisfied there are special reasons you can’t, such as not knowing who the other parent is
How much you can receive
We base your child support assessment on:
- the parents’ incomes
- who cares for the child
We don’t consider your income.