# Protected Earnings Amount when deducting child support

The Protected Earnings Amount (PEA) is the part of an employee's or contractor’s pay exempt from child support deductions.

It means you don’t deduct all of their pay for child support payments.

The PEA doesn't apply to deductions under section 72A notices.

## Formula

PEA = Maximum fortnightly basic rate of Newstart Allowance x 0.75.

The weekly PEA is equal to 75% of the maximum fortnightly basic rate of Newstart Allowance, for a person who is partnered with no dependent children.

The following amounts apply to pay dates from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020:

Pay cycle PEA calculation
Weekly \$378.53
Daily \$378.53 ÷ 7 days = \$54.07571
Fortnightly \$378.53 x 2 weeks = \$757.06
4 weekly \$378.53 x 4 weeks = \$1,514.12
Monthly \$54.07571 x 30.4375 days per month = \$1645.93

For child support purposes, a year is equal to 365.25 days. This allows for leap years. This means there are 30.4375 days in a month. This is equal to 365.25 divided by 12.

Figures are rounded where applicable.