How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

After you apply for a child support assessment, we’ll assess your application and let you know the outcome.

Once we’ve assessed your application you’ll be able to set up self service and manage your child support online.

Before you start

Before you start, you should:

If you or the other parent live outside Australia, you may need to apply to that country’s child support authority. Read about child support when a parent lives outside Australia.

If asking for child support puts you at risk

If you’re worried about risks to you or your family when seeking child support, you can:

If you’re affected by family or domestic violence, or at risk of it, you can:

  • call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732
  • go to the 1800RESPECT website and select Help and support.

You can talk privately on the phone or online to someone who’s trained to help. It’s free and open 24/7.

Apply online

The quickest and easiest way to apply is online. The way you do this depends on whether you’re new to child support or you’re an existing customer with access to a Child Support online account through myGov.

You may need to give us other documents to support your application, such as a Child Support statutory declaration. We’ll contact you if we need anything from you and we’ll let you know how to send it to us.

If you’re new to Child Support

Fill in the online Application for child support assessment.

If you live outside of Australia, use the International application for an Australian child support assessment form instead.

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Child Support online account, you should still submit your application. Once we’ve accepted your application, you’ll be able to create a Child Support online account and link it to myGov.

If you’re an existing Child Support customer

If your Child Support online account is linked to myGov, sign in now to submit your form and supporting documents.

Sign in to myGov

If you don’t have a myGov account or a Child Support online account you’ll need to create them.

Other ways to apply

The easiest way to apply is online. If you can’t apply online, call the Child Support Enquiry Line.

Withdraw application

If we haven’t accepted or refused your application yet, you can withdraw it.

Fill in the Notice of withdrawal of application for a child support assessment form.

Wait for the result

We’ll write to you and the other parent to tell you our decision.

If we make an assessment, we’ll send your child support assessment notice. This says:

  • how much you’ll receive or pay
  • when your payments will start.

Check your details

Check that all your details on the assessment notice are right. You need to tell us if they aren’t or if they change later.

If you think our decision was wrong

If you don’t agree with a decision we’ve made you may be able to object. Both parents have the right to object.

Read about objecting to Child Support decisions, including what you can and can’t object to.

If we need to contact you

Once you have an assessment, we may need to contact you from time to time about your child support.

You can request how and when we contact you. To update your preferences, call us on the Child Support Enquiry Line.

Sometimes we may need to contact you using a different method or outside your preferred contact times. This may happen if:

  • we haven’t been able to reach you through your preferred method
  • you don’t make payments on time
  • we need to resolve a specific matter.

If your Child Support online account is linked to myGov you can update your contact details online. This includes your phone number and address.

Sign in to myGov

Set up self service

If we’ve accepted your application, you can now set up a Child Support online account.

Read more about Child Support online accounts.

Page last updated: 10 April 2024.
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