'Child support' overhaul leaves single mums mostly better off
About 61 per cent of "paying parents" (aka Fathers) are now paying more child support.
1 May 2010
Overhaul leaves single mums mostly better off
By Joe Kelly
Most single mothers are better off after the Howard government overhauled the child support system, although nearly 7,000 have been left out of pocket by up to $60 a week.
The Rudd government yesterday released two reports on the child support changes. When they were introduced in July 2008, it was thought most divorced fathers would pay less, undercutting payments for single mothers.
But the analysis of 198,000 parents who receive payments, mainly women, and 207,300 child support payers, mainly men, revealed that most of those receiving payments - 59 per cent - were getting more child support and family tax benefit. About 61 per cent of "paying parents" contributed more child support.
See Reports at:
A copy of the full analysis is available at FaHCSIA's website:
Also see Media Release:
Subject: Further analysis of the Child Support Scheme Reforms
Please note that the release of further analysis of the Child Support Scheme Reforms was announced by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Human Services today. A link to the press release which contains a link to the reports is attached.