2.4.3 The steps involved in making a child support assessment
The Registrar must follow specified steps when making an administrative assessment of child support.
CSA Act section 5, Part 5
When working out the annual rate of child support payable for a child using Formula 1, the basic formula, the Registrar must use the following steps:
|1||Work out each parent's child support income (CSA Act section 41)||2.4.4|
|2||Work out the parents' combined child support income (CSA Act section 42)||2.4.7|
|3||Work out each parent's income percentage (CSA Act section 55B)||2.4.7|
|4||Work out each parent's percentage of care for the child (CSA Act section 48)||2.4.5|
|5||Work out each parent's cost percentage for the child (CSA Act section 55C)||2.4.5|
|6||Work out each parent's child support percentage for the child (CSA Act section 55D)||2.4.5|
|7||Work out the costs of the child under sections 55G and 55H of the CSA Act||2.4.6|
|8||If a parent has a positive child support percentage under step 6, the 'annual rate of child support' payable by the parent for the child for the day is worked out using the formula:
An example of the calculation of an assessment using the basic formula is included at 2.4.7, where Formula 1 is explained.
There are additional steps required when one of the other 5 formulas is used. Information about these additional steps is included in 2.4.8 for cases where there is a non-parent carer in a single child support assessment; in 2.4.9 where at least one parent has multiple child support cases and in 2.4.10 where the income of one parent only is used in the assessment.