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My stepdaughter (husband's bio) has just gained a hairdressing apprenticeship. We pay child support for her. What income is she allowed to earn that deems her self-supporting and we no longer support her with payments? She's 16.

I came accross this with my 17 year old son, I was told I still have to pay maintenance. I think he had to earn around $400 a week before this would change but can't remember the exact amount. This is an excerpt from the CSA site
If your child is under 18 and still lives at home but receives income from another source, child support will still be paid for your child. If the income is from a government benefit such as Austudy, Youth Allowance, or from a part-time job, child support payments will continue unless the other parent elects for child support to end. However, you can ask CSA to  Change your assessment if your child's income is substantial e.g. a full-time job. Please contact CSA for more information.

When you are swimming down a creek and an eel bites your cheek, that's a Moray.
How ridiculous, for a teenager living at home receiving 400 a week is a lot of money to spend on themselves. The job is full time so after six months (apprenticeship wage goes up for the first time in first year apprentices) we will seek a coa no doubt we will lose. So Mum gets disability pension, youth allowance (probably wont declare daughters income), 1100.00 a month in child support and daughters income? Gimme a bloody break. No wonder women do this rubbish.
Like I said I can't remember the exact amount and fully agree with you so please check with CSA on Monday when their phone lines are open. What annoyed me about the whole thing is my ex took $100 a week off my son for board PLUS he had to pay half the bills and yet still I am expected to pay maintenance so I can fully relate to your frustration.

When you are swimming down a creek and an eel bites your cheek, that's a Moray.

Child's Income

I also found a clause in the guide on "significant income" relating to childrens earnings. It states as of August 2007 a child would need to earn more than 213.25 per week to be considered significant enough to be capable of affecting the assessment. It also needs to be regular and exceed that of Youth Allowance etc.

This is also in relation to applying under reason 4 of coa. They also consider costs incurred from travel and clothing etc. But well worth applying for if the child is earning well above this amount.
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