How to manage your assessment
Your options and obligations for a child support assessment.
You can choose between 3 ways to receive or pay child support.
If you're self employed and pay child support through us, you can use most payment methods.
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.
We can change your child support if we’re satisfied there are special circumstances and the change would be fair to both parents and the child.
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.
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.
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.
You must tell us if you go to prison. This is so we can make sure your child support is accurate.
In some cases we can help separated parents with child support arrangements for their children when one parent lives in another country.
You can apply to register a maintenance liability made outside Australia. This lets us collect and transfer child or spousal support under Australian law.
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.
The person who will receive child support can choose how the paying parent pays them.
When a receiving parent gets paid money they are not owed, they will have an overpayment.
Page last updated: 19 September 2019
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