Court ordered periodic child maintenance

Court ordered periodic child support for children not covered under the child support legislation.

You need to know


The Federal Circuit Court and Family Courts may make orders for child maintenance payments for children who aren't covered under the child support legislation.

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Child support and your Family Tax Benefit Part A

Any child support you get can affect how much Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A you get.

Read more about child support and your FTB Part A

Child support responsibilities

As a parent, you have responsibilities.

You must:

  • pay your child support in full and on time
  • make sure care arrangements are in place for your children
  • lodge your tax return on time
  • report your income accurately, and
  • tell us about any changes of circumstances

Parenting plans

A parenting plan is a written agreement with the other parent. It sets rules for things like how much time the children will spend with each parent.

Read more about parenting plans

Child support and military deployment

When you leave Australia on military deployment you need to tell us your new details. This is so we can make sure your child support is still accurate.

Read more about responsibilities when you are being deployed

Notifying us

Once you have read about court orders for child maintenance the next steps are to:

  • collect any supporting documents
  • submit your court order to us with any supporting documents

Notify us

Paying child support

How to pay child support

There are different ways to make child support payments.

Read more about payment methods for child support

Collecting child support

Choose a collection option

The person who will receive child support can choose how the paying parent pays them.

Read more about collection options

Private Collect

This is where you and the other parent make and receive payments directly between you. It’s for parents who don’t need much help from us to agree on a plan.

Read more about Private Collect payments

Child Support Collect

This is where we collect and transfer child support payments for you.

Read more about Child Support Collect payments

Changes of circumstances that affect your child support

We need to know about changes that could affect your child support.

Read more about how a change of circumstances can affect your child support

Page last updated: 1 November 2017