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A couple of questions

Hi,

New poster here, thought i would ask a couple of questions around a situation I have now run into. Without going into detail and private matters, I hope I can get some guidence.

Currently have 2 children that I have not had basclly any contact with for 9 years. They are Australian born and live there now. I on the other hand do not live in Australia and havent done for over 12 years.
I have had no contact with CSA for 9 years, they have never bothered for what ever reason to send me any form of correspondance, Until November of last year, As a apart of my job I popped in and out of Australia maybe 2 or 3 times a year depending on requirements. In November when attempting to leave I was grabbed by the AFP who had a DPO to serve on me.

CSA now claim I owe quiet a large sum of money dating back from 2001 until present day and a sick amount of fines on top of that as I said I was never made aware of these amounts and the only way they were able to work it out was because they forced me to provide income statemetns from the country where I reside.

So the 2 questions i have are:

1 Can they just come at me for all this back money and fines?

2. Do they have the legal right to stop a person who is not a resident of Australia from leaving? And if they dont what rights do I have now to take action against them?
Are you an Australian citizen?

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I hold dual citizenship, English and Australian, I do not hold an Australia Passport just a UK one.
Slider said
1 Can they just come at me for all this back money and fines?
yes although it is the norm to drop fines upon an agreed repayment regime

Slider said
2. Do they have the legal right to stop a person who is not a resident of Australia from leaving? And if they dont what rights do I have now to take action against them?

I don't believe they had the right. I would suggest making; a complaint to the CSA, perhaps claiming compensation for any losses for what appears to be an inappropriate action; and also raising the matter with the ombudsman.

The CSA Guide says "CSA is satisfied that the person has persistently and without reasonable grounds failed to pay child support debts". I don't believe that the CSA not making you aware of any debts could satisfy persistently failing to pay. However now that have been made aware then a DPO could be made. I'd suggest agreeing to to reasonable payment regime and that part of that agreement is a waiver of the fines.
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