5.5.1 Child Support Account
The Child Support Account is established under the CSRC Act to enable DHS to transfer to payees the child support payments that are received from payers.
CSRC Act section 73, section 74, section 75, section 77, section 78
The CSRC Act sets up a Child Support Account (the Account) (section 73).
When DHS receives any payments for any purpose, they are credited to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (consolidated revenue). DHS must transfer the following amounts from consolidated revenue into the Account (section 74(1)):
- amounts for payment of child support debts, including remittances from employers,
- amounts from payers of enforceable maintenance liabilities intended as voluntary payment to payees, and
- amounts repaid to DHS by persons who were not entitled to have been paid out of the Account (repayments of child support overpayments (5.5.5)).
Money in the Account can be applied to the following payments (section 75):
- payments under section 76(1) to payees of registered maintenance liabilities,
- payments to payees of enforceable maintenance liabilities where the payer has made a voluntary payment,
- repayment of amounts paid into the Account that DHS was not entitled to have received under the Act, and
- repayment of consolidated revenue when amounts have been transferred from consolidated revenue to top up (5.5.3) payments to payees under sections 77 and 78.