The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

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.

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