Child Support information for employers

If you employ a person who is required to pay child support, there are some important things you need to know to meet your obligations under Australian law.

You need to know

Separation and your workplace

The impact of separation on the workplace can be significant for employers.

Read more about separation and your workplace

How we contact you and what you need to tell us

A separated parent can choose to have their child support payments automatically deducted from their pay on a regular basis. We may also ask you to deduct child support for us if we are collecting overdue child support.

Read more about how we contact you and what you need to tell us

Your legal obligations

As an employer, if we ask you to make deductions for your employees or contractors, you have legal obligations under Child Support legislation.

Read more about your legal obligations

Deductions

Deducting child support payments

We may ask you to deduct child support payments.

Read more about deducting child support payments

Notice to Commence Child Support Deductions

If you receive a Notice to Commence Child Support Deductions, you are legally required to deduct the amount of child support that we request.

Read more about what to do if you get a Notice to Commence Child Support Deducti

Deductions under a notice pursuant to section 72A

A notice pursuant to section 72A or a section 72A notice means that some of the money you would normally pay to your employee or contractor must be paid to us.

Read more about making deductions under these types of notices

Payment options for child support deductions

We offer a range of payment options to provide you with quick, secure and convenient methods to send us child support deductions.

Read more about payment options for child support deductions

Resources

Employer calculator

Helps you work out your employee’s or contractor’s net pay, taking into account child support payments, the PEA and basic tax liability.

Read more about the employer calculator

The Department of Social Services Child Support Guide outlines the administration of the Child Support Scheme.

Page last updated: 2 January 2019