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Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws ISSUES paper
MARCH 2011

The Issues Paper Family Violence and Commonwealth LawsChild Support and Family Assistance deals with the treatment of family violence in child support and family assistance laws, and questions how they can be improved to better protect the safety of victims.

The Issues Paper considers whether a definition of family violence should be inserted into child support and family assistance legislation. The Issues Paper further considers a number of issues in relation to child support, including

    * screening for family violence by the Child Support Agency;
    * the requirement to take reasonable maintenance action, and exemptions granted due to family violence;
    * collection of child support; and
    * protection of personal information.

With respect to family assistance, the following issues, among others, are addressed:

    * exemptions from Tax File Number requirements in cases of family violence;
    * payment of Family Tax Benefit when a child is in informal care; and
    * the Special Child Care Benefit where children are considered at risk of serious abuse.

Making a Submission to the Inquiry

Any public contribution to an inquiry is called a submission. The Australian Law Reform Commission seeks submissions from a broad cross-section of the community,
as well as from those with a special interest in a particular inquiry.

The closing date for submissions to this Issues Paper is 21 April 2011.

There are a range of ways to make a submission or comment on the proposals and questions posed in the Issues Paper. You may respond to as many or as few questions and proposals as you wish.

Online submission tool

The ALRC strongly encourages online submissions directly through the ALRCs website Inquiries | ALRC
respond-issues-papers, where an online submission form will allow you to respond to individual questions. Once you have logged into the site, you will be able to save your work, edit your responses, and leave and re-enter the site as many times as you need to before lodging your final submission.
Further instructions are available on the site.

If you have any difficulties using the online submission form, please email, or phone +61 2 8238 6333.

Alternatively, written submissions may be mailed, faxed or emailed to:
The Executive Director
Australian Law Reform Commission
GPO Box 3708
Facsimile: +61 2 8238 6363

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