1.1.3 Child support legislation


The child support scheme is administered under 2 Acts of Parliament. The first Act is the CSRC Act. It was formerly the Child Support Act 1988. This Act:

  • established the child support scheme on 1 June 1988, and
  • provides for the registration, collection and enforcement of child support liabilities, including court orders and court registered agreements for child and spousal maintenance, and from 1 October 1989, of administrative assessments of child support.

The second Act is known as the CSA Act. This Act:

  • implemented administrative assessment of child support in accordance with a formula, and
  • took effect from 1 October 1989.

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