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1.3.2 Objects of CSRC Act


The CSRC Act contains a statement of Parliament's intention in enacting that legislation.

Act reference

CSRC Act section 3

Objects of the CSRC Act

The principal objects of the CSRC Act are to ensure:

  • that children receive the financial support from their parents that the parents are liable to provide
  • that periodic amounts payable by parents towards the maintenance of their children are paid on a regular and timely basis, and
  • that Australia is in a position to give effect to its obligations under international agreements or arrangements which relate to maintenance obligations arising from a family relationship, parentage or marriage.

It is the intention that the CSRC Act should be interpreted and administered, to the greatest extent consistent with the attainment of its objects, to limit interferences with the privacy of parents and carers.

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