Using the Child Support Guide

Welcome to the Child Support Guide (CS Guide). The CS Guide has been designed as a web publication (HTML). It is not available in a single electronic file or in paper format.

What does the CS Guide cover?

The CS Guide is divided into 6 parts as explained in the following table:

Part Name What is Covered
1 About the Scheme The objects of the child support scheme, the background of the scheme and a brief history of legislative amendments, as well as a discussion of Australian residence and overseas cases.
2 Child support assessments Rules relating to child support assessments.
3 Registrable maintenance liabilities The types of registrable maintenance liabilities, notification requirements, how court orders are varied and some hints on how to interpret difficult clauses and commonly used expressions. The registration of overseas child support orders, court registered agreements and liabilities is also described.
4 Objecting, seeking a review, appealing and applying to court Rules relating to objections, reviews, appeals and court applications under the child support legislation.
5 Collecting child support Explanation of the options for private collection by a payee as well as Child Support collection and enforcement of child support payments.
6 Administration Description of the various provisions that affect how the Registrar administers child support cases.

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Last reviewed: 9 February 2015