Court ordered periodic child maintenance

Notifying us of a court order for child maintenance

Notify us within 14 days of a court order being made about child maintenance. This includes orders made by consent, and any amendments to earlier orders.

You can apply to a court for a child maintenance order if you're:

  • the parent of the child, including an adoptive parent
  • the child in your own right and do not have a registered child support case with us
  • the grandparent of the child
  • any other person concerned with the care, welfare or development of the child

You can apply to a court for a child maintenance order for a child who is being cared for under child welfare law in certain states and territories in Australia if you're:

  • a parent who has daily care of the child, including an adoptive parent
  • the child in your own right and do not have a registered child support case with us
  • a relative who has daily care of the child
  • a child welfare officer of a state or territory

To apply for a child maintenance order, contact the Federal Circuit Court of Australia or visit the Family Court of Australia.

Submitting your court order and supporting documents

Once you have a child maintenance order from the court you can then notify us of the order.

You’ll also need to send us a sealed copy of the court order.

Send a copy of your court order to:

  • online: scan the order. Go to myGov to access your Child Support online account and submit by selecting Upload documents from the Quick links menu.
  • by fax: 1300 309 949
  • by post:  Department of Human Services
                   Child Support
                   GPO Box 9815
                   MELBOURNE VIC 3001

Confirming your notification

We'll confirm your court order with you and the other parent.

Read more about objections to child support decisions.

Page last updated: 30 July 2018