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Key elements of the reforms
The new Child Support Scheme will aim to better balance the interests of both parents and be more focused on the needs and costs of children. This is expected to:
  • support shared parental responsibility
  • reduce conflict between parents about parenting arrangements and
  • ensure child support is paid in full and on time.
Under the new Child Support Scheme:
  • child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children
  • the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way
  • both parents' contributions to the cost of their children through care and contact will be recognised, and
  • children of first and second families will be treated more equally.

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet One
An overview of the reforms
TA new Child Support System has been developed to meet the best interests of children, better balance the interests of parents, and reflect today's community. The new Scheme also takes into account the costs of raising children. 
 
Fact Sheet Two
Changes to the Scheme from July 2006 - Stage One
Previously, parents with care of their children for at least 30 per cent of the time (110 nights per year) received a higher 'with child' rate of Newstart and related payments (Newstart Mature Age, Sickness Allowance and Youth Allowance). To support contact between low income parents and their children, parents with at least 14 per cent care or more (one night per week) can now receive a higher 'with child' rate of Newstart and related payments. 
 
Fact Sheet Three
Changes to the Scheme from January 2007 - Stage Two
Previously, parents who were unhappy with a Child Support Agency (CSA) decision could only appeal to the courts. This was expensive and time consuming. The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has expanded its role to include reviews of CSA decisions. This aims to improve the consistency and transparency of decisions and provide a mechanism of review that is economical, fair, informal and quick. 
 
Fact Sheet Four
The courts, the Child Support Scheme and the Child Support Agency
Previously, the relationship between the courts and the Child Support Scheme was seen as too complex and discretionary. Courts had insufficient powers to manage cases coming before them, and parents' choices about taking enforcement action privately through a court were limited by their decision to have the Child Support Agency (CSA) collect payments. 
 
Fact Sheet Five
Extension of time to apply for child support
From 1 January 2007, changes to family assistance give separating parents more time to work out the best arrangements for their family, including child support payments, before their Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payments are affected. 
 
Fact Sheet Six
Parentage issues and child support payments
Child support is payable by a biological or adoptive parent of the child. The Child Support Agency (CSA) cannot accept an application for a child support assessment unless it is satisfied that the liable parent named in the application is a parent of the child. 
 
Fact Sheet Seven
Appealing child support decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)
From 1 January 2007, the role of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) was expanded to include the independent review of child support decisions. 
 
Fact Sheet Eight
Changes to the Scheme from July 2008 - Stage Three
The new formula is based on Australian research into the costs of raising children, which better reflects community values about shared parenting and better balances the interests of parents and children. The formula treats both parents' incomes and living costs in a similar way, takes into account the additional costs of older children and improves the recognition of care. It also makes sure children from first and second families are treated more equally. 
 
Fact Sheet Nine
The new child support formula
From July 2008, there is a new formula for calculating the amount of child support paid between separated parents. 
 
Fact Sheet Ten
The new child support formula and the costs of children
From 1 July 2008, the Child Support Scheme uses a new formula to calculate child support payments. The new formula aims to ensure that both parents share the costs and responsibilities of raising children. 
 
Fact Sheet Eleven
Recognising the costs of care
One of the concerns about the previous Child Support Scheme was that the child support formula was the same whether a non-resident parent cared for their children 29 per cent of nights per year or did not see them at all. This meant that, unless a non-resident parent cared for the children 30 per cent of nights or more it made no difference to how much child support they paid. 
 
Fact Sheet Twelve
Minimum payments
The Child Support Scheme is intended to reflect broad community values - and one of those values is that both parents should contribute to the cost of raising their children. In its review of the Scheme, an independent Ministerial Taskforce on child support found that there was community support for non-resident parents on low incomes paying some child support - like all other non-resident parents. 
 
Fact Sheet Thirteen
Fixed assessments
One of the principles of the Child Support Scheme is that a parent's financial contribution to their children should be based on their total income. The Child Support Agency (CSA) uses taxable income as the basis of child support assessments. This means that parents who minimise their taxable income pay unrealistically low levels of child support. 
 
Fact Sheet Fourteen
Second families - new arrangements
Tensions regularly arise when separated parents have re-partnered and have a new family with their new partner. Paying parents feel the conflicting pressures of having to support children in two families and, depending on parents' incomes, the children in each family may receive significantly different amounts of support. 
 
Fact Sheet Fifteen
Extra income earned after separation
After separation, parents may have extra costs to re-establish themselves. This applies to both resident and non-resident parents. Depending on the circumstances, one or both of the parents may need to find a new house to live in, or buy furniture, a car or other items to support the children during care. As a result of these extra costs, a parent may take on overtime or a second job. 
 
Fact Sheet Sixteen
Simpler child support processes when parents get back together
From 1 July 2008, the new Child Support Scheme makes it easier for parents who want to get back together. Prior to 1 July 2008, if parents reconciled, the receiving parent had to ask the Child Support Agency (CSA) to end their child support assessment. If the couple separated again, the receiving parent had to apply for a new assessment. 
 
Fact Sheet Seventeen
Changes to Family Tax Benefit (FTB)
Before 1 July 2008, parents could share Family Tax Benefit (FTB) if each parent provided care of their children at least 10 per cent of the time. This meant that small changes to care arrangements had financial implications for parents. The independent Ministerial Taskforce that reviewed child support considered that it is in the best interest of children that care arrangements are not affected by financial concerns as much as possible. 
 
Fact Sheet Eighteen
Child support agreements and lump sum payments
When relationships break down parents need to work out a range of issues, in particular, child support arrangements. The best arrangements are those that parents negotiate between themselves. These arrangements are more likely to last because parents feel responsible for the choices they have made. 
 
Fact Sheet Nineteen
Alignment of income definitions for child support and Family Tax Benefit (FTB)
To calculate child support, the previous Child Support Scheme used a parent's taxable income with net rental property losses and exempt foreign income added back in, plus the gross value of reportable fringe benefits. This was similar to the income definition for FTB, except that the FTB income definition included many tax free pensions and benefits and used the net value of reportable fringe benefits. The treatment of foreign income was also different. 
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This is expected to: <ul> <li>support shared parental responsibility</li> <li>reduce conflict between parents about parenting arrangements and</li> <li>ensure child support is paid in full and on time.</li> </ul> Under the new Child Support Scheme: <ul> <li>child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children</li> <li>the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way</li> <li>both parents&#39; contributions to the cost of their children through care and contact will be recognised, and</li> <li>children of first and second families will be treated more equally.</li> </ul> <h2 style="font-size: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 80, 130);">Fact Sheets</h2> <dl> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet One</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact1" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">An overview of the reforms</a></dd> <dd>TA new Child Support System has been developed to meet the best interests of children, better balance the interests of parents, and reflect today&#39;s community. The new Scheme also takes into account the costs of raising children.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Two</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact2" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from July 2006 - Stage One</a></dd> <dd>Previously, parents with care of their children for at least 30 per cent of the time (110 nights per year) received a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments (Newstart Mature Age, Sickness Allowance and Youth Allowance). To support contact between low income parents and their children, parents with at least 14 per cent care or more (one night per week) can now receive a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Three</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact3" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from January 2007 - Stage Two</a></dd> <dd>Previously, parents who were unhappy with a Child Support Agency (CSA) decision could only appeal to the courts. This was expensive and time consuming. The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has expanded its role to include reviews of CSA decisions. This aims to improve the consistency and transparency of decisions and provide a mechanism of review that is economical, fair, informal and quick.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Four</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact4" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The courts, the Child Support Scheme and the Child Support Agency</a></dd> <dd>Previously, the relationship between the courts and the Child Support Scheme was seen as too complex and discretionary. Courts had insufficient powers to manage cases coming before them, and parents&#39; choices about taking enforcement action privately through a court were limited by their decision to have the Child Support Agency (CSA) collect payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Five</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact5" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extension of time to apply for child support</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, changes to family assistance give separating parents more time to work out the best arrangements for their family, including child support payments, before their Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payments are affected.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Six</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact6" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Parentage issues and child support payments</a></dd> <dd>Child support is payable by a biological or adoptive parent of the child. The Child Support Agency (CSA) cannot accept an application for a child support assessment unless it is satisfied that the liable parent named in the application is a parent of the child.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact7" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Appealing child support decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, the role of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) was expanded to include the independent review of child support decisions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eight</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact8" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from July 2008 - Stage Three</a></dd> <dd>The new formula is based on Australian research into the costs of raising children, which better reflects community values about shared parenting and better balances the interests of parents and children. The formula treats both parents&#39; incomes and living costs in a similar way, takes into account the additional costs of older children and improves the recognition of care. It also makes sure children from first and second families are treated more equally.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Nine</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact9" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula</a></dd> <dd>From July 2008, there is a new formula for calculating the amount of child support paid between separated parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Ten</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact10" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula and the costs of children</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the Child Support Scheme uses a new formula to calculate child support payments. The new formula aims to ensure that both parents share the costs and responsibilities of raising children.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eleven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact11" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Recognising the costs of care</a></dd> <dd>One of the concerns about the previous Child Support Scheme was that the child support formula was the same whether a non-resident parent cared for their children 29 per cent of nights per year or did not see them at all. This meant that, unless a non-resident parent cared for the children 30 per cent of nights or more it made no difference to how much child support they paid.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Twelve</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact12" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Minimum payments</a></dd> <dd>The Child Support Scheme is intended to reflect broad community values - and one of those values is that both parents should contribute to the cost of raising their children. In its review of the Scheme, an independent Ministerial Taskforce on child support found that there was community support for non-resident parents on low incomes paying some child support - like all other non-resident parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Thirteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact13" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Fixed assessments</a></dd> <dd>One of the principles of the Child Support Scheme is that a parent&#39;s financial contribution to their children should be based on their total income. The Child Support Agency (CSA) uses taxable income as the basis of child support assessments. This means that parents who minimise their taxable income pay unrealistically low levels of child support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fourteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact14" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Second families - new arrangements</a></dd> <dd>Tensions regularly arise when separated parents have re-partnered and have a new family with their new partner. Paying parents feel the conflicting pressures of having to support children in two families and, depending on parents&#39; incomes, the children in each family may receive significantly different amounts of support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fifteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact15" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extra income earned after separation</a></dd> <dd>After separation, parents may have extra costs to re-establish themselves. This applies to both resident and non-resident parents. Depending on the circumstances, one or both of the parents may need to find a new house to live in, or buy furniture, a car or other items to support the children during care. As a result of these extra costs, a parent may take on overtime or a second job.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Sixteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact16" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Simpler child support processes when parents get back together</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the new Child Support Scheme makes it easier for parents who want to get back together. Prior to 1 July 2008, if parents reconciled, the receiving parent had to ask the Child Support Agency (CSA) to end their child support assessment. If the couple separated again, the receiving parent had to apply for a new assessment.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seventeen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact17" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to Family Tax Benefit (FTB)</a></dd> <dd>Before 1 July 2008, parents could share Family Tax Benefit (FTB) if each parent provided care of their children at least 10 per cent of the time. This meant that small changes to care arrangements had financial implications for parents. The independent Ministerial Taskforce that reviewed child support considered that it is in the best interest of children that care arrangements are not affected by financial concerns as much as possible.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eighteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact18" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Child support agreements and lump sum payments</a></dd> <dd>When relationships break down parents need to work out a range of issues, in particular, child support arrangements. The best arrangements are those that parents negotiate between themselves. These arrangements are more likely to last because parents feel responsible for the choices they have made.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Nineteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact19" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Alignment of income definitions for child support and Family Tax Benefit (FTB)</a></dd> <dd>To calculate child support, the previous Child Support Scheme used a parent&#39;s taxable income with net rental property losses and exempt foreign income added back in, plus the gross value of reportable fringe benefits. This was similar to the income definition for FTB, except that the FTB income definition included many tax free pensions and benefits and used the net value of reportable fringe benefits. The treatment of foreign income was also different.&nbsp;</dd> </dl> <table style="vertical-align: top;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1em;"><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Summary</span><br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> <br /> [block]main_comcode_page_children[/block][/semihtml]', 3761991 => 'Fact Sheets', 1910 => 'Child Support,Fact Sheets,', 1911 => 'Child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way', 3761895 => '[semihtml][title]<strong>Child Support</strong>[/title] <h2><b>Child Support ... what is this?</b></h2> Parents need to work out how they will continue to pay for their kids&#39; food, housing, clothes, school costs and other activities and expenses after separation. The money, or in-kind payments, paid by one parent to the other (or to someone else if the kids do not live with a parent) is called child support or child maintenance. Sometimes these payments are made by one parent to the other, even if the kids are living part of the time with the paying parent. <h2><strong>The CSA</strong></h2> The CSA is now part of the Department of Human Services and is referred to as &quot;Child Support&quot; (CS). <h2><b>The Role of CS</b></h2> The CS gives separated parents the financial and emotional support needed for their children&rsquo;s wellbeing. The CS looks after child support payments and&nbsp;works out how much child support should be paid.&nbsp;This is called a child support assessment.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Once a child support assessment is made by Child Support, parents are free to arrange private payment of this sum. The person entitled to receive the child support payments can also ask CS to collect these payments on their behalf.<br /> <br /> Parents can also make agreements known as Child Support Agreements, which set out in writing the amount, frequency and method of payment of child support payments. Child&nbsp;Support Agreements should not be entered lightly. You should get independent legal advice before entering a child support agreement.<br /> <br /> There are two core Acts of legislation in regard to Child Support: <h2><b>Child Support Legislation (Acts)</b></h2> There is the <u>Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989</u> and the <u>Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988</u>. <h2><b>Child Support Legislation (Regulations)</b></h2> Supplementing these two acts are respective regulations; namely <u>The Child Support (Assessment) Regulations 1989</u> and the <u>Child Support (Registration and Collection) Regulations 1998</u>.<br /> <br /> In short regulations deal with detail and are far easier to change, changes simply have to be Gazetted (Published). <h2 class="screen_title"><strong>The Child Support Guide</strong></h2> The people in the Child Support department at Human Services rely mostly on &quot;The Guide&quot; as their authoritative means of giving advice to you.<br /> <br /> It is therefore<strong> important </strong>that not only do you think about the legislation and what is on our forums BUT you also need to consult &quot;<strong>The Guide</strong>&quot;. There is more on &quot;the Guide&quot; in our other pages. <h2><strong>What does the CS Guide cover?</strong></h2> The CS Guide is divided into 6 parts as explained in the following table: <article id="node-9" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.6px;"> <table border="2" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; width: 1088px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(247, 249, 251);"> <thead style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <th scope="col" style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; text-align: left; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(220, 230, 254);">Part Name</th> <th scope="col" style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; text-align: left; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(220, 230, 254);">What is Covered</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-top-color: rgb(220, 230, 254); border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid;"> <tr class="zebra" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/1" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">1 About the Scheme</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);">The objects of the child support scheme, the background of the scheme and a brief history of legislative amendments, as well as a discussion of Australian residence and overseas cases.</td> </tr> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">2 Child support assessments</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;">Rules relating to child support assessments.</td> </tr> <tr class="zebra" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/3" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">3 Registrable maintenance liabilities</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);">The types of registrable maintenance liabilities, notification requirements, how court orders are varied and some hints on how to interpret difficult clauses and commonly used expressions. The registration of overseas child support orders, court registered agreements and liabilities is also described.</td> </tr> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/4" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">4 Objecting, seeking a review, appealing and applying to court</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;">Rules relating to objections, reviews, appeals and court applications under the child support legislation.</td> </tr> <tr class="zebra" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/5" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">5 Collecting child support</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);">Explanation of the options for private collection by a payee as well as Child Support collection and enforcement of child support payments.</td> </tr> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(255, 254, 240);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/6" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">6 Administration</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(255, 254, 240);">Description of the various provisions that affect how the Registrar administers child support cases.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2 style="margin: 0.2em 0px 0.4em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.7em;"><strong>Finding information</strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 0.6em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">The following features are provided to assist in finding relevant information:</p> <ul style="margin: -10px 0px 0.5em 3em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.6em;"> <li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Search - type your search term (words or phrases) in the search box at the top of the page. 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This is expected to:\\\\n<ul>\\\\n <li>support shared parental responsibility</li>\\\\n <li>reduce conflict between parents about parenting arrangements and</li>\\\\n <li>ensure child support is paid in full and on time.</li>\\\\n</ul>\\\\nUnder the new Child Support Scheme:\\\\n\\\\n<ul>\\\\n <li>child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children</li>\\\\n <li>the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way</li>\\\\n <li>both parents&#39; contributions to the cost of their children through care and contact will be recognised, and</li>\\\\n <li>children of first and second families will be treated more equally.</li>\\\\n</ul>\\\\n\\\\n<h2 style=\\\\\\"font-size: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 80, 130);\\\\\\">Fact Sheets</h2>\\\\n\\\\n<dl>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet One</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact1\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">An overview of the reforms</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>TA new Child Support System has been developed to meet the best interests of children, better balance the interests of parents, and reflect today&#39;s community. The new Scheme also takes into account the costs of raising children.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Two</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact2\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Changes to the Scheme from July 2006 - Stage One</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Previously, parents with care of their children for at least 30 per cent of the time (110 nights per year) received a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments (Newstart Mature Age, Sickness Allowance and Youth Allowance). To support contact between low income parents and their children, parents with at least 14 per cent care or more (one night per week) can now receive a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Three</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact3\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Changes to the Scheme from January 2007 - Stage Two</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Previously, parents who were unhappy with a Child Support Agency (CSA) decision could only appeal to the courts. This was expensive and time consuming. The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has expanded its role to include reviews of CSA decisions. This aims to improve the consistency and transparency of decisions and provide a mechanism of review that is economical, fair, informal and quick.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Four</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact4\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">The courts, the Child Support Scheme and the Child Support Agency</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Previously, the relationship between the courts and the Child Support Scheme was seen as too complex and discretionary. Courts had insufficient powers to manage cases coming before them, and parents&#39; choices about taking enforcement action privately through a court were limited by their decision to have the Child Support Agency (CSA) collect payments.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Five</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact5\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Extension of time to apply for child support</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>From 1 January 2007, changes to family assistance give separating parents more time to work out the best arrangements for their family, including child support payments, before their Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payments are affected.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Six</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact6\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Parentage issues and child support payments</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Child support is payable by a biological or adoptive parent of the child. The Child Support Agency (CSA) cannot accept an application for a child support assessment unless it is satisfied that the liable parent named in the application is a parent of the child.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Seven</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact7\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Appealing child support decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>From 1 January 2007, the role of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) was expanded to include the independent review of child support decisions.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Eight</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact8\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Changes to the Scheme from July 2008 - Stage Three</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>The new formula is based on Australian research into the costs of raising children, which better reflects community values about shared parenting and better balances the interests of parents and children. The formula treats both parents&#39; incomes and living costs in a similar way, takes into account the additional costs of older children and improves the recognition of care. It also makes sure children from first and second families are treated more equally.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Nine</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact9\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">The new child support formula</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>From July 2008, there is a new formula for calculating the amount of child support paid between separated parents.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Ten</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact10\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">The new child support formula and the costs of children</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>From 1 July 2008, the Child Support Scheme uses a new formula to calculate child support payments. The new formula aims to ensure that both parents share the costs and responsibilities of raising children.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Eleven</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact11\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Recognising the costs of care</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>One of the concerns about the previous Child Support Scheme was that the child support formula was the same whether a non-resident parent cared for their children 29 per cent of nights per year or did not see them at all. This meant that, unless a non-resident parent cared for the children 30 per cent of nights or more it made no difference to how much child support they paid.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Twelve</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact12\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Minimum payments</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>The Child Support Scheme is intended to reflect broad community values - and one of those values is that both parents should contribute to the cost of raising their children. In its review of the Scheme, an independent Ministerial Taskforce on child support found that there was community support for non-resident parents on low incomes paying some child support - like all other non-resident parents.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Thirteen</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact13\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Fixed assessments</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>One of the principles of the Child Support Scheme is that a parent&#39;s financial contribution to their children should be based on their total income. The Child Support Agency (CSA) uses taxable income as the basis of child support assessments. This means that parents who minimise their taxable income pay unrealistically low levels of child support.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Fourteen</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact14\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Second families - new arrangements</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Tensions regularly arise when separated parents have re-partnered and have a new family with their new partner. 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As a result of these extra costs, a parent may take on overtime or a second job.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Sixteen</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact16\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Simpler child support processes when parents get back together</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>From 1 July 2008, the new Child Support Scheme makes it easier for parents who want to get back together. Prior to 1 July 2008, if parents reconciled, the receiving parent had to ask the Child Support Agency (CSA) to end their child support assessment. If the couple separated again, the receiving parent had to apply for a new assessment.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Seventeen</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact17\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Changes to Family Tax Benefit (FTB)</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Before 1 July 2008, parents could share Family Tax Benefit (FTB) if each parent provided care of their children at least 10 per cent of the time. This meant that small changes to care arrangements had financial implications for parents. 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This is expected to: <ul> <li>support shared parental responsibility</li> <li>reduce conflict between parents about parenting arrangements and</li> <li>ensure child support is paid in full and on time.</li> </ul> Under the new Child Support Scheme: <ul> <li>child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children</li> <li>the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way</li> <li>both parents&#39; contributions to the cost of their children through care and contact will be recognised, and</li> <li>children of first and second families will be treated more equally.</li> </ul> <h2 style="font-size: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 80, 130);">Fact Sheets</h2> <dl> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet One</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact1" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">An overview of the reforms</a></dd> <dd>TA new Child Support System has been developed to meet the best interests of children, better balance the interests of parents, and reflect today&#39;s community. The new Scheme also takes into account the costs of raising children.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Two</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact2" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from July 2006 - Stage One</a></dd> <dd>Previously, parents with care of their children for at least 30 per cent of the time (110 nights per year) received a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments (Newstart Mature Age, Sickness Allowance and Youth Allowance). To support contact between low income parents and their children, parents with at least 14 per cent care or more (one night per week) can now receive a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Three</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact3" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from January 2007 - Stage Two</a></dd> <dd>Previously, parents who were unhappy with a Child Support Agency (CSA) decision could only appeal to the courts. This was expensive and time consuming. The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has expanded its role to include reviews of CSA decisions. This aims to improve the consistency and transparency of decisions and provide a mechanism of review that is economical, fair, informal and quick.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Four</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact4" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The courts, the Child Support Scheme and the Child Support Agency</a></dd> <dd>Previously, the relationship between the courts and the Child Support Scheme was seen as too complex and discretionary. Courts had insufficient powers to manage cases coming before them, and parents&#39; choices about taking enforcement action privately through a court were limited by their decision to have the Child Support Agency (CSA) collect payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Five</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact5" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extension of time to apply for child support</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, changes to family assistance give separating parents more time to work out the best arrangements for their family, including child support payments, before their Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payments are affected.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Six</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact6" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Parentage issues and child support payments</a></dd> <dd>Child support is payable by a biological or adoptive parent of the child. The Child Support Agency (CSA) cannot accept an application for a child support assessment unless it is satisfied that the liable parent named in the application is a parent of the child.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact7" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Appealing child support decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, the role of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) was expanded to include the independent review of child support decisions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eight</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact8" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from July 2008 - Stage Three</a></dd> <dd>The new formula is based on Australian research into the costs of raising children, which better reflects community values about shared parenting and better balances the interests of parents and children. The formula treats both parents&#39; incomes and living costs in a similar way, takes into account the additional costs of older children and improves the recognition of care. It also makes sure children from first and second families are treated more equally.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Nine</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact9" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula</a></dd> <dd>From July 2008, there is a new formula for calculating the amount of child support paid between separated parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Ten</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact10" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula and the costs of children</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the Child Support Scheme uses a new formula to calculate child support payments. The new formula aims to ensure that both parents share the costs and responsibilities of raising children.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eleven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact11" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Recognising the costs of care</a></dd> <dd>One of the concerns about the previous Child Support Scheme was that the child support formula was the same whether a non-resident parent cared for their children 29 per cent of nights per year or did not see them at all. This meant that, unless a non-resident parent cared for the children 30 per cent of nights or more it made no difference to how much child support they paid.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Twelve</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact12" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Minimum payments</a></dd> <dd>The Child Support Scheme is intended to reflect broad community values - and one of those values is that both parents should contribute to the cost of raising their children. In its review of the Scheme, an independent Ministerial Taskforce on child support found that there was community support for non-resident parents on low incomes paying some child support - like all other non-resident parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Thirteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact13" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Fixed assessments</a></dd> <dd>One of the principles of the Child Support Scheme is that a parent&#39;s financial contribution to their children should be based on their total income. The Child Support Agency (CSA) uses taxable income as the basis of child support assessments. This means that parents who minimise their taxable income pay unrealistically low levels of child support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fourteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact14" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Second families - new arrangements</a></dd> <dd>Tensions regularly arise when separated parents have re-partnered and have a new family with their new partner. Paying parents feel the conflicting pressures of having to support children in two families and, depending on parents&#39; incomes, the children in each family may receive significantly different amounts of support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fifteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact15" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extra income earned after separation</a></dd> <dd>After separation, parents may have extra costs to re-establish themselves. This applies to both resident and non-resident parents. Depending on the circumstances, one or both of the parents may need to find a new house to live in, or buy furniture, a car or other items to support the children during care. As a result of these extra costs, a parent may take on overtime or a second job.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Sixteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact16" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Simpler child support processes when parents get back together</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the new Child Support Scheme makes it easier for parents who want to get back together. Prior to 1 July 2008, if parents reconciled, the receiving parent had to ask the Child Support Agency (CSA) to end their child support assessment. If the couple separated again, the receiving parent had to apply for a new assessment.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seventeen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact17" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to Family Tax Benefit (FTB)</a></dd> <dd>Before 1 July 2008, parents could share Family Tax Benefit (FTB) if each parent provided care of their children at least 10 per cent of the time. This meant that small changes to care arrangements had financial implications for parents. The independent Ministerial Taskforce that reviewed child support considered that it is in the best interest of children that care arrangements are not affected by financial concerns as much as possible.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eighteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact18" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Child support agreements and lump sum payments</a></dd> <dd>When relationships break down parents need to work out a range of issues, in particular, child support arrangements. The best arrangements are those that parents negotiate between themselves. 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This is expected to: <ul> <li>support shared parental responsibility</li> <li>reduce conflict between parents about parenting arrangements and</li> <li>ensure child support is paid in full and on time.</li> </ul> Under the new Child Support Scheme: <ul> <li>child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children</li> <li>the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way</li> <li>both parents&#39; contributions to the cost of their children through care and contact will be recognised, and</li> <li>children of first and second families will be treated more equally.</li> </ul> <h2 style="font-size: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 80, 130);">Fact Sheets</h2> <dl> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet One</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact1" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">An overview of the reforms</a></dd> <dd>TA new Child Support System has been developed to meet the best interests of children, better balance the interests of parents, and reflect today&#39;s community. 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To support contact between low income parents and their children, parents with at least 14 per cent care or more (one night per week) can now receive a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Three</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact3" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from January 2007 - Stage Two</a></dd> <dd>Previously, parents who were unhappy with a Child Support Agency (CSA) decision could only appeal to the courts. This was expensive and time consuming. The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has expanded its role to include reviews of CSA decisions. This aims to improve the consistency and transparency of decisions and provide a mechanism of review that is economical, fair, informal and quick.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Four</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact4" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The courts, the Child Support Scheme and the Child Support Agency</a></dd> <dd>Previously, the relationship between the courts and the Child Support Scheme was seen as too complex and discretionary. Courts had insufficient powers to manage cases coming before them, and parents&#39; choices about taking enforcement action privately through a court were limited by their decision to have the Child Support Agency (CSA) collect payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Five</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact5" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extension of time to apply for child support</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, changes to family assistance give separating parents more time to work out the best arrangements for their family, including child support payments, before their Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payments are affected.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Six</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact6" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Parentage issues and child support payments</a></dd> <dd>Child support is payable by a biological or adoptive parent of the child. The Child Support Agency (CSA) cannot accept an application for a child support assessment unless it is satisfied that the liable parent named in the application is a parent of the child.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact7" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Appealing child support decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, the role of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) was expanded to include the independent review of child support decisions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eight</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact8" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from July 2008 - Stage Three</a></dd> <dd>The new formula is based on Australian research into the costs of raising children, which better reflects community values about shared parenting and better balances the interests of parents and children. The formula treats both parents&#39; incomes and living costs in a similar way, takes into account the additional costs of older children and improves the recognition of care. It also makes sure children from first and second families are treated more equally.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Nine</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact9" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula</a></dd> <dd>From July 2008, there is a new formula for calculating the amount of child support paid between separated parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Ten</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact10" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula and the costs of children</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the Child Support Scheme uses a new formula to calculate child support payments. The new formula aims to ensure that both parents share the costs and responsibilities of raising children.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eleven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact11" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Recognising the costs of care</a></dd> <dd>One of the concerns about the previous Child Support Scheme was that the child support formula was the same whether a non-resident parent cared for their children 29 per cent of nights per year or did not see them at all. This meant that, unless a non-resident parent cared for the children 30 per cent of nights or more it made no difference to how much child support they paid.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Twelve</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact12" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Minimum payments</a></dd> <dd>The Child Support Scheme is intended to reflect broad community values - and one of those values is that both parents should contribute to the cost of raising their children. In its review of the Scheme, an independent Ministerial Taskforce on child support found that there was community support for non-resident parents on low incomes paying some child support - like all other non-resident parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Thirteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact13" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Fixed assessments</a></dd> <dd>One of the principles of the Child Support Scheme is that a parent&#39;s financial contribution to their children should be based on their total income. The Child Support Agency (CSA) uses taxable income as the basis of child support assessments. This means that parents who minimise their taxable income pay unrealistically low levels of child support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fourteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact14" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Second families - new arrangements</a></dd> <dd>Tensions regularly arise when separated parents have re-partnered and have a new family with their new partner. Paying parents feel the conflicting pressures of having to support children in two families and, depending on parents&#39; incomes, the children in each family may receive significantly different amounts of support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fifteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact15" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extra income earned after separation</a></dd> <dd>After separation, parents may have extra costs to re-establish themselves. This applies to both resident and non-resident parents. Depending on the circumstances, one or both of the parents may need to find a new house to live in, or buy furniture, a car or other items to support the children during care. As a result of these extra costs, a parent may take on overtime or a second job.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Sixteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact16" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Simpler child support processes when parents get back together</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the new Child Support Scheme makes it easier for parents who want to get back together. Prior to 1 July 2008, if parents reconciled, the receiving parent had to ask the Child Support Agency (CSA) to end their child support assessment. If the couple separated again, the receiving parent had to apply for a new assessment.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seventeen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact17" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to Family Tax Benefit (FTB)</a></dd> <dd>Before 1 July 2008, parents could share Family Tax Benefit (FTB) if each parent provided care of their children at least 10 per cent of the time. This meant that small changes to care arrangements had financial implications for parents. The independent Ministerial Taskforce that reviewed child support considered that it is in the best interest of children that care arrangements are not affected by financial concerns as much as possible.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eighteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact18" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Child support agreements and lump sum payments</a></dd> <dd>When relationships break down parents need to work out a range of issues, in particular, child support arrangements. The best arrangements are those that parents negotiate between themselves. 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The treatment of foreign income was also different.&nbsp;</dd> </dl> <table style="vertical-align: top;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; font-size: 1em;"><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Summary</span><br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> <br /> [block]main_comcode_page_children[/block][/semihtml]', 3761991 => 'Fact Sheets', 1910 => 'Child Support,Fact Sheets,', 1911 => 'Child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way', 3761895 => '[semihtml][title]<strong>Child Support</strong>[/title] <h2><b>Child Support ... what is this?</b></h2> Parents need to work out how they will continue to pay for their kids&#39; food, housing, clothes, school costs and other activities and expenses after separation. The money, or in-kind payments, paid by one parent to the other (or to someone else if the kids do not live with a parent) is called child support or child maintenance. Sometimes these payments are made by one parent to the other, even if the kids are living part of the time with the paying parent. <h2><strong>The CSA</strong></h2> The CSA is now part of the Department of Human Services and is referred to as &quot;Child Support&quot; (CS). <h2><b>The Role of CS</b></h2> The CS gives separated parents the financial and emotional support needed for their children&rsquo;s wellbeing. The CS looks after child support payments and&nbsp;works out how much child support should be paid.&nbsp;This is called a child support assessment.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Once a child support assessment is made by Child Support, parents are free to arrange private payment of this sum. The person entitled to receive the child support payments can also ask CS to collect these payments on their behalf.<br /> <br /> Parents can also make agreements known as Child Support Agreements, which set out in writing the amount, frequency and method of payment of child support payments. Child&nbsp;Support Agreements should not be entered lightly. You should get independent legal advice before entering a child support agreement.<br /> <br /> There are two core Acts of legislation in regard to Child Support: <h2><b>Child Support Legislation (Acts)</b></h2> There is the <u>Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989</u> and the <u>Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988</u>. <h2><b>Child Support Legislation (Regulations)</b></h2> Supplementing these two acts are respective regulations; namely <u>The Child Support (Assessment) Regulations 1989</u> and the <u>Child Support (Registration and Collection) Regulations 1998</u>.<br /> <br /> In short regulations deal with detail and are far easier to change, changes simply have to be Gazetted (Published). <h2 class="screen_title"><strong>The Child Support Guide</strong></h2> The people in the Child Support department at Human Services rely mostly on &quot;The Guide&quot; as their authoritative means of giving advice to you.<br /> <br /> It is therefore<strong> important </strong>that not only do you think about the legislation and what is on our forums BUT you also need to consult &quot;<strong>The Guide</strong>&quot;. There is more on &quot;the Guide&quot; in our other pages. <h2><strong>What does the CS Guide cover?</strong></h2> The CS Guide is divided into 6 parts as explained in the following table: <article id="node-9" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.6px;"> <table border="2" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px; width: 1088px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(247, 249, 251);"> <thead style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <th scope="col" style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; text-align: left; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(220, 230, 254);">Part Name</th> <th scope="col" style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; text-align: left; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(220, 230, 254);">What is Covered</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-top-color: rgb(220, 230, 254); border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid;"> <tr class="zebra" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/1" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">1 About the Scheme</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);">The objects of the child support scheme, the background of the scheme and a brief history of legislative amendments, as well as a discussion of Australian residence and overseas cases.</td> </tr> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/2" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">2 Child support assessments</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;">Rules relating to child support assessments.</td> </tr> <tr class="zebra" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/3" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">3 Registrable maintenance liabilities</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);">The types of registrable maintenance liabilities, notification requirements, how court orders are varied and some hints on how to interpret difficult clauses and commonly used expressions. The registration of overseas child support orders, court registered agreements and liabilities is also described.</td> </tr> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/4" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">4 Objecting, seeking a review, appealing and applying to court</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse;">Rules relating to objections, reviews, appeals and court applications under the child support legislation.</td> </tr> <tr class="zebra" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/5" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">5 Collecting child support</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(251, 253, 255);">Explanation of the options for private collection by a payee as well as Child Support collection and enforcement of child support payments.</td> </tr> <tr style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;"> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(255, 254, 240);"><a href="http://guides.dss.gov.au/child-support-guide/6" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(33, 0, 94);" target="_blank">6 Administration</a></td> <td style="border-style: solid; border-color: gray; margin: 0px; padding: 6px 4px; border-collapse: collapse; background-color: rgb(255, 254, 240);">Description of the various provisions that affect how the Registrar administers child support cases.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h2 style="margin: 0.2em 0px 0.4em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.7em;"><strong>Finding information</strong></h2> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 0.6em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.5em;">The following features are provided to assist in finding relevant information:</p> <ul style="margin: -10px 0px 0.5em 3em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.6em;"> <li style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Search - type your search term (words or phrases) in the search box at the top of the page. 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To support contact between low income parents and their children, parents with at least 14 per cent care or more (one night per week) can now receive a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Three</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact3\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Changes to the Scheme from January 2007 - Stage Two</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Previously, parents who were unhappy with a Child Support Agency (CSA) decision could only appeal to the courts. This was expensive and time consuming. The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has expanded its role to include reviews of CSA decisions. 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Courts had insufficient powers to manage cases coming before them, and parents&#39; choices about taking enforcement action privately through a court were limited by their decision to have the Child Support Agency (CSA) collect payments.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Five</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact5\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Extension of time to apply for child support</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>From 1 January 2007, changes to family assistance give separating parents more time to work out the best arrangements for their family, including child support payments, before their Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payments are affected.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Six</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact6\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Parentage issues and child support payments</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>Child support is payable by a biological or adoptive parent of the child. The Child Support Agency (CSA) cannot accept an application for a child support assessment unless it is satisfied that the liable parent named in the application is a parent of the child.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Seven</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact7\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Appealing child support decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>From 1 January 2007, the role of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) was expanded to include the independent review of child support decisions.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Eight</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact8\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Changes to the Scheme from July 2008 - Stage Three</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>The new formula is based on Australian research into the costs of raising children, which better reflects community values about shared parenting and better balances the interests of parents and children. The formula treats both parents&#39; incomes and living costs in a similar way, takes into account the additional costs of older children and improves the recognition of care. 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The new formula aims to ensure that both parents share the costs and responsibilities of raising children.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Eleven</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact11\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Recognising the costs of care</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>One of the concerns about the previous Child Support Scheme was that the child support formula was the same whether a non-resident parent cared for their children 29 per cent of nights per year or did not see them at all. 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In its review of the Scheme, an independent Ministerial Taskforce on child support found that there was community support for non-resident parents on low incomes paying some child support - like all other non-resident parents.&nbsp;<br />\\\\n &nbsp;</dd>\\\\n <dt><span class=\\\\\\"comcode_bold\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"font-weight: bold;\\\\\\">Fact Sheet Thirteen</span></dt>\\\\n <dd><a href=\\\\\\"http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact13\\\\\\" style=\\\\\\"color: rgb(17, 65, 113);\\\\\\">Fixed assessments</a></dd>\\\\n <dd>One of the principles of the Child Support Scheme is that a parent&#39;s financial contribution to their children should be based on their total income. The Child Support Agency (CSA) uses taxable income as the basis of child support assessments. 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This is expected to: <ul> <li>support shared parental responsibility</li> <li>reduce conflict between parents about parenting arrangements and</li> <li>ensure child support is paid in full and on time.</li> </ul> Under the new Child Support Scheme: <ul> <li>child support payments will be calculated based on the independent research into the costs of raising children</li> <li>the combined income of both parents will be used to calculate child support payments, treating the income of both parents in the same way</li> <li>both parents&#39; contributions to the cost of their children through care and contact will be recognised, and</li> <li>children of first and second families will be treated more equally.</li> </ul> <h2 style="font-size: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 80, 130);">Fact Sheets</h2> <dl> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet One</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact1" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">An overview of the reforms</a></dd> <dd>TA new Child Support System has been developed to meet the best interests of children, better balance the interests of parents, and reflect today&#39;s community. The new Scheme also takes into account the costs of raising children.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Two</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact2" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from July 2006 - Stage One</a></dd> <dd>Previously, parents with care of their children for at least 30 per cent of the time (110 nights per year) received a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments (Newstart Mature Age, Sickness Allowance and Youth Allowance). To support contact between low income parents and their children, parents with at least 14 per cent care or more (one night per week) can now receive a higher &#39;with child&#39; rate of Newstart and related payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Three</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact3" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from January 2007 - Stage Two</a></dd> <dd>Previously, parents who were unhappy with a Child Support Agency (CSA) decision could only appeal to the courts. This was expensive and time consuming. The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has expanded its role to include reviews of CSA decisions. This aims to improve the consistency and transparency of decisions and provide a mechanism of review that is economical, fair, informal and quick.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Four</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact4" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The courts, the Child Support Scheme and the Child Support Agency</a></dd> <dd>Previously, the relationship between the courts and the Child Support Scheme was seen as too complex and discretionary. Courts had insufficient powers to manage cases coming before them, and parents&#39; choices about taking enforcement action privately through a court were limited by their decision to have the Child Support Agency (CSA) collect payments.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Five</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact5" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extension of time to apply for child support</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, changes to family assistance give separating parents more time to work out the best arrangements for their family, including child support payments, before their Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A payments are affected.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Six</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact6" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Parentage issues and child support payments</a></dd> <dd>Child support is payable by a biological or adoptive parent of the child. The Child Support Agency (CSA) cannot accept an application for a child support assessment unless it is satisfied that the liable parent named in the application is a parent of the child.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact7" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Appealing child support decisions to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT)</a></dd> <dd>From 1 January 2007, the role of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) was expanded to include the independent review of child support decisions.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eight</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact8" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to the Scheme from July 2008 - Stage Three</a></dd> <dd>The new formula is based on Australian research into the costs of raising children, which better reflects community values about shared parenting and better balances the interests of parents and children. The formula treats both parents&#39; incomes and living costs in a similar way, takes into account the additional costs of older children and improves the recognition of care. It also makes sure children from first and second families are treated more equally.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Nine</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact9" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula</a></dd> <dd>From July 2008, there is a new formula for calculating the amount of child support paid between separated parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Ten</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact10" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">The new child support formula and the costs of children</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the Child Support Scheme uses a new formula to calculate child support payments. The new formula aims to ensure that both parents share the costs and responsibilities of raising children.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eleven</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact11" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Recognising the costs of care</a></dd> <dd>One of the concerns about the previous Child Support Scheme was that the child support formula was the same whether a non-resident parent cared for their children 29 per cent of nights per year or did not see them at all. This meant that, unless a non-resident parent cared for the children 30 per cent of nights or more it made no difference to how much child support they paid.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Twelve</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact12" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Minimum payments</a></dd> <dd>The Child Support Scheme is intended to reflect broad community values - and one of those values is that both parents should contribute to the cost of raising their children. In its review of the Scheme, an independent Ministerial Taskforce on child support found that there was community support for non-resident parents on low incomes paying some child support - like all other non-resident parents.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Thirteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact13" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Fixed assessments</a></dd> <dd>One of the principles of the Child Support Scheme is that a parent&#39;s financial contribution to their children should be based on their total income. The Child Support Agency (CSA) uses taxable income as the basis of child support assessments. This means that parents who minimise their taxable income pay unrealistically low levels of child support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fourteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact14" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Second families - new arrangements</a></dd> <dd>Tensions regularly arise when separated parents have re-partnered and have a new family with their new partner. Paying parents feel the conflicting pressures of having to support children in two families and, depending on parents&#39; incomes, the children in each family may receive significantly different amounts of support.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Fifteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact15" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Extra income earned after separation</a></dd> <dd>After separation, parents may have extra costs to re-establish themselves. This applies to both resident and non-resident parents. Depending on the circumstances, one or both of the parents may need to find a new house to live in, or buy furniture, a car or other items to support the children during care. As a result of these extra costs, a parent may take on overtime or a second job.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Sixteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact16" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Simpler child support processes when parents get back together</a></dd> <dd>From 1 July 2008, the new Child Support Scheme makes it easier for parents who want to get back together. Prior to 1 July 2008, if parents reconciled, the receiving parent had to ask the Child Support Agency (CSA) to end their child support assessment. If the couple separated again, the receiving parent had to apply for a new assessment.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Seventeen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact17" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Changes to Family Tax Benefit (FTB)</a></dd> <dd>Before 1 July 2008, parents could share Family Tax Benefit (FTB) if each parent provided care of their children at least 10 per cent of the time. This meant that small changes to care arrangements had financial implications for parents. The independent Ministerial Taskforce that reviewed child support considered that it is in the best interest of children that care arrangements are not affected by financial concerns as much as possible.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Eighteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact18" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Child support agreements and lump sum payments</a></dd> <dd>When relationships break down parents need to work out a range of issues, in particular, child support arrangements. The best arrangements are those that parents negotiate between themselves. These arrangements are more likely to last because parents feel responsible for the choices they have made.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</dd> <dt><span class="comcode_bold" style="font-weight: bold;">Fact Sheet Nineteen</span></dt> <dd><a href="http://www.familylawwebguide.com.au/cs/index.php?page=fact19" style="color: rgb(17, 65, 113);">Alignment of income definitions for child support and Family Tax Benefit (FTB)</a></dd> <dd>To calculate child support, the previous Child Support Scheme used a parent&#39;s taxable income with net rental property losses and exempt foreign income added back in, plus the gross value of reportable fringe benefits. This was similar to the income definition for FTB, except that the FTB income definition included many tax free pensions and benefits and used the net value of reportable fringe benefits. 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