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Inquiry into Proposed Amendments to the Child Support (and other) legislation.

I've not had time to look through this, however here's a link and the contents of that link :-

Senate said
Inquiry into Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008
Reason for referral of the Bill and information relating to the reference

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On 18 September 2008 the Senate, on the recommendation of the Selection of Bills Committee, referred the provisions of the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008 to the Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 10 November 2008.

Reasons provided for referral of the Bill and the issues for consideration by the Committee are:

The effect of changes to Child Support legislation. The new Child Support legislation has been in operation since 1 July 2008. The Bill identifies a number of areas to address anomalies. The changes to child support legislation were significant and have affected many parents.

The Bill may be accessed via the link: Legislation and documentation relating to the Bill

The Committee invites you to provide a written submission addressing issues that may be of relevance to you. The submission should be lodged by 17 October 2008. The Committee prefers to receive submissions electronically as an attached document  email:  otherwise by fax (02 6277 5829).

Submissions become Committee documents and are made public only after a decision by the Committee. Publication of submissions includes loading them onto the internet and their being available to other interested parties including the media. Persons making submissions must not release them without the approval of the Committee. Submissions are covered by parliamentary privilege but the unauthorised release of them is not protected.  Information relating to Senate Committee inquiries, including notes to assist in the preparation of submissions for a Committee, can be located on the Internet at

Should you require further information please contact the Committee Secretariat on (02) 6277 3515.

For further information, contact:

    Committee Secretary
    Community Affairs Committee
    Department of the Senate
    PO Box 6100
    Parliament House
    Canberra ACT 2600
    Phone:    +61 2 6277 3515
    Fax:    +61 2 6277 5829

The link to this is at Inquiry into child support legislation

I've attached the word document containing the proposed changes, apparently responses are required by October 17th. Here's a link to where the document and other supportive documents can be found :- Documents

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Other Legislation Amendment (Further 2008 Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2008
I propose to make a submission, focussing on SSAT, COA and terminating events.  I will also take the opportunity to make some general, albeit polite, comments about CSA's adminsitration and Matt Miller's duplicity.  I encourage others to make submissions as well.
One concern I have is the reasoning behind the addition of dropping the 7.1% change of care level restriction when the change crosses the 35% barrier (prior to this amendment it was only the 14% barrier). This I suspect is due to the massive number of requests by lives with/custodial parents to reduce care levels and thus allowing such parents to grab FTB that would, without this change, otherwise go to the has time with/non-custodial parent for the care they provide. It would surprise me little if the CSA then convert this into monies transferred to better their reporting and apparent standing.

There again perhaps this could be counter productive as such parents would find it a little easier to claim financial hardship, in which case, they may then be able to pay reduced payments which would then result in a lowering of the monies transferred report and also the respective increase in FTB payments. Furthermore as the lives with parents would be receiving more they would be less likely to be able to claim hardship so some may lose this thus reducing what they are get paid with the same double edged losses to the CSA and FAHCSIA. Perhaps a quadruple edged sword. One wonders what homework has been done.

Lean pickings

The proposed legislative changes look to be fairly light on substance.

The revisions in the legislation do little if anything to fix a number of issues around the existing legislation

The only sections of interest are probably "Percentage of care" and reducing to zero child support costs along with publishing SSAT cases.

Schedule 3 Child support

Part 1 Percentage of care

(I) there is a change of less than 7.1% in the percentage of care for the child that the person has because of an agreement, plan or order mentioned in paragraph 49(a) or (b) (including a variation of such an agreement, plan or order);
Part 2 Publication of reasons for decisions of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal

Part 3 Departure from assessments

Part 4 Terminating events

Part 5 Reducing rate of child support under minimum annual rate assessments

Part 6 Overseas liabilities

Part 7 Crediting prescribed payments

There is nothing related to days vs nightin the new round of changes but FAHCSIA are working on draft revisionsto set a new formula. I believe they are close to resolving this issue.of days vs. nights.

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