We can make a child support assessment if at least 1 parent lives in Australia.
We can make a child support assessment if either:
- both parents are residents of Australia
- 1 parent is a resident of Australia and the other parent is a resident of a reciprocating jurisdiction.
We can also make an assessment if the paying parent is a resident of Australia and the child either:
- is either present in Australia
- ordinarily resides in Australia
- is an Australian citizen.
If you live in a reciprocating jurisdiction you can apply for a child support assessment. You need to submit your application with the overseas authority in your country of residence. That country must then send the application to us.
Read more about child support when parents or children live overseas.
How else you may meet the rules
Parents who don’t meet the rules may be able to apply for a court order for child maintenance. You apply through your state or territory court dealing with family matters.
Page last updated: 12 February 2020
This information was printed 7 October 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/child-support/child-support-assessment/what-you-need-know/residence-rules. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.