We can help you choose and manage your child support. Our services are for both parents and non-parent carers. A non-parent carer might be a grandparent, legal guardian or other family member. We can help you understand and apply for child support.
Your child support options
There are 2 agreed types of child support:
- a child support assessment
- self-managed child support.
There may be circumstances where you won’t have a child support case. This will depend on your circumstances.
Child support assessment
If you choose not to self-manage child support, you can apply for a child support assessment. We tell you and your partner who needs to pay child support and how much this will be. We work out the amount using a formula.
You can start a new case easily online.
After we’ve completed your assessment, we can collect and transfer your child support payments.
We can also do this for non-parent carers, like a legal guardian, a grandparent or another family member.
Self-managed child support
Self-management means you and the other person manage your child support. You don’t have to go through us. If you self-manage, you can only get the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.
You decide all of the following:
- how much to pay
- when to pay
- how to pay.
If you self-manage, you won’t have a child support assessment. You don’t need to register with us.
Read more about child support and your Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A.
Child support agreement
You can make a formal child support agreement between both parents. This can cover:
- cash payments
- non-cash items, such as health insurance or school fees
- a combination of cash payments and non-cash items.
There are 2 types of agreements:
The type of agreement you choose depends on your circumstances.
The Family Court of Australia has information on how to apply for a divorce and other orders for separated parents.
Each Australian state and territory has legal aid, community legal centres and other legal help for families. There’s a list of these organisations on the Attorney-General’s Department website.
When you’ve decided what your child support arrangement will be, you’ll need to choose how to transfer payments.