1.1.1 The child support scheme
The child support scheme was established in 1988 to assist separated parents to take responsibility for the financial support of their children. The child support scheme involves the assessment of child support in accordance with a formula (from 1 October 1989) as well as the collection and enforcement of child support assessments, child support agreements and court orders.
The Secretary of DSS has the general administration of the child support legislation.
The Child Support Registrar in Services Australia has decision making powers under the child support legislation.