5.1.1 Child Support Registrar & the Child Support Register

Context

This topic explains the role of the Child Support Registrar and the purpose of the Child Support Register.

Act references

CSRC Act section 4, section 10, section 10A, section 13

Child Support Registrar

The CSRC Act establishes the position of the Child Support Registrar (section 10).

The Child Support Registrar is to be the Chief Executive Officer of Services Australia. If that position ceases to exist, the Child Support Registrar is to be a person appointed by the Governor-General by written instrument.

The CSRC Act also prescribes arrangements for a person to act as the Child Support Registrar (section 10A).

The acting Chief Executive Officer of Services Australia is to act as the Child Support Registrar during a vacancy in the position, or during any period that the Child Support Registrar is absent from duty from Australia or is unable to perform their duties.

If the position of Chief Executive Officer of Services Australia ceases to exist, the Secretary may, in writing, appoint a person to act as the Child Support Registrar.

Child Support Register

The Child Support Registrar must keep a Child Support Register (section 13) in such a form that they consider appropriate. The Register contains details of all maintenance liabilities to be collected by the Child Support Registrar.

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