6.8.3 Offences involving a failure to comply with a requirement of the legislation
The CSRC Act requires parents to notify the Registrar about certain events. A parent who fails to notify may commit an offence.
CSRC Act section 23, section 33, section 34, section 111
Requirement to notify the Registrar about certain events
Failure to comply with the following obligations is an offence under the CSRC Act:
- A payer or payee must notify the Registrar of the creation or variation of a maintenance liability by a court (see 3.4.1) (CSRC Act sections 23, 33 and 34).
- A payer of an enforceable maintenance liability must notify the Registrar within 14 days of commencing employment (CSRC Act sections 111(1)).
- A payer or payee must notify the Registrar within 14 days of changing their name or address (CSRC Act sections 111(2)).
A failure to comply with these obligations is punishable on conviction by a fine not exceeding 10 penalty units (see 6.8.7 for penalty unit amount) (CSRC Act section 23(7), 33(2), 34(2) and 111(3)).
It is a defence to a prosecution under these provisions if the person gave the Registrar the information as soon as it was reasonably practicable.