Employers who fail to pass on child support payments which they deduct from their employees wages, are the target of a new Gillard Government investigations unit.
The Child Support Agency's Special Investigation s' unit has led to fines being imposed on employers of up to $30,000.00
Inquiries by the Special Investigations Unit had so far led to more than $500,000 in unpaid child support being paid up.
The unit was formed in 2010 and has investigated more than 400 employers, referred 26 to teh Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions which has successfully prosecuted ten of them.
At the time, Minister for Human Services Tanya Plibersek saidThe unit investigates employers who fail to provide information about employees, fail to deduct the required money from wages, or who deduct money but fail to pas it on. Requesting orders for deductions from employers wages was one of the mechanisms used by the Government to ensure children of separated parents receive support.
The unit has detected a number of particularly egregious examples where employers deducted amounts from an employees wages and then kept the money for themselves.
Investigators also learned several employers who failed to deduct support payments were involved in personal relationships with their employees who had children from previous relationships.
In these circumstances, children are directly impacted by the actions of these employers, and it is therefore imperative the Government does whatever is required to recover the money