188.8.131.52 Child support assessments
This topic describes the requirements for obtaining, reviewing and ending a child support assessment.
Eligibility for a child support assessment
An application for an administrative assessment for child support for a child may be made to the Child Support Registrar if the child is:
- an eligible child, and
- under 18 years when the claim is made, and
- not a member of a couple, and
- 1 or more of the following
- in Australia (1.1.A.120) on the day the application is made, or
- an Australian citizen, or
- ordinarily reside in Australia on the day the application is made.
The child cannot apply for a child support assessment on their own behalf.
Where the eligible child will be in full-time secondary study on or after their 18th birthday the carer entitled to child support can seek an extension of a child support assessment until the last day of the secondary school year that falls within 365 days (i.e. a year) of the child's 18th birthday, as long as the request is made before the child turns 18 and the child is in full-time secondary study on their 18th birthday. This action must occur for the individual in this situation to satisfy the MAT for their child.
If a child is eligible for child support assessment, the payee (1.1.P.71) cannot get a court order for child support from the payer, unless an assessment has been made first.
Exception: The payee may seek an interim order, which has effect until the assessment is made.
Any individual with an eligible child may apply for assessment, whether or not they are a parent or receiving family assistance.
Act reference: CSA Act Part 3 Children who may be covered by Act, section 24 Children in relation to whom applications may be made, 151B Application for assessment/agreement to continue beyond child's 18th birthday
Policy reference: FA Guide 184.108.40.206 Determining which stage of the CSS applies, 220.127.116.11 Proof of parentage, 18.104.22.168 Presumption of parentage - stage 2, 22.214.171.124 Who is entitled to apply for maintenance, 126.96.36.199 Taking reasonable maintenance action, 188.8.131.52 Maintenance action in progress
Review of assessment
After an assessment is issued the individuals involved may apply for a review of the assessment under certain circumstances.
Policy reference: FA Guide 184.108.40.206 Taking reasonable maintenance action
Ending an assessment
An individual receiving more than the base rate of FTB for their child can elect to end a child support assessment. However, their FTB Part A rate may be reduced to the base rate if they have not been granted an exemption from the MAT. The individual should be made aware of this consequence prior to the assessment being ended.