Compare your child support collection options
You can choose between 3 ways to receive or pay child support.
Self employed parents
If you're self employed and pay child support through us, you can use most payment methods.
Change of circumstances
Tell us about changes to your circumstances that could affect your child support.
Changing your care arrangements
If the amount of time you care for a child changes, this may affect your payments and services.
Use this calendar to let us know how often you care for a child. We use this to work out your percentage of care to calculate FTB payments and child support.
Changing your assessment in special circumstances
We can change your child support in special circumstances if the change is fair to both parents and the child.
Disputed care and interim periods
Disputed care is when parents stop following a written care arrangement without both parents agreeing to do so. An interim period may apply when this happens.
Child support when your child turns 18
Normally child support stops when your child turns 18. If your child's in secondary study, you can apply to extend it to the end of the school year.
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.
Child support if you go to prison
You must tell us if you go to prison. This is so we can make sure your child support is accurate.
While living outside Australia
In some cases we can help separated parents with child support arrangements for their children when one parent lives in another country.
Registering a maintenance liability made outside Australia
You can apply to register a maintenance liability made outside Australia. This lets us collect and transfer child or spousal support under Australian law.
When the other parent lives outside Australia
If you are paying child support to the other parent who lives outside Australia, we will collect your payments and pass them onto the other country.
Choose a collection option
The person who will receive child support can choose how the paying parent pays them.