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Spy cameras the latest weapon in war on child-support dodgers

Queenslanders are among the worst in the country when it comes to financially supporting their dependent children. In one of the worst cases, one parent owed more than $150,000. The parent paid up when prevented from leaving the country. In some areas of the Gold Coast almost one in three liable parents is in arrears. More than 151,000 parents in the state are obliged to make support payments, with the outstanding debt now at an average of nearly $1600 each

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Kevin Rudd foreshadows child support changes for 2010

Prime minister Kevin Rudd has flagged year-end changes to Australia's child-support system, saying the present arrangements are causing many families angst. Mr Rudd today acknowledged that the system, which requires a non-custodial parent to make a financial contribution to the other parent for the care of their children, was a matter of "huge controversy".

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Queensland fathers shirk child support payments

FATHERS in Queensland are the nation's worst offenders when it comes to shirking child-support payments. New data shows many parents, most of them fathers living in southeast Queensland, have turned their backs on their children. Child Support Agency statistics show parents at Broadbeach, Mermaid Beach and Palm Beach, on the Gold Coast, and Deception Bay, north of Brisbane, are the least likely to meet their child-support payments.

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Non-child-support-paying mums will be spied on like dads

Mothers who do not have custody of their children and avoid paying child support to custodian fathers will be pursued by the CSA at the same rate as men, as new figures reveal 20.9 per cent, or 21,028 out of 100,762 female payers, have debts. The figures emerged after it was revealed that as the number of custodial fathers has risen, the government was still targeting only men for avoiding paying for their kids.

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Kiwis in for major overhaul of Child Support system

While parents know that raising children is a costly business, they may be surprised to find out that new estimates put the bill at NZ $250,000 per child. The calculation has been included in a draft study for NZ Inland Revenue and will be used in a Government review of the formula for determining child-support payments. The present system is calculated on a percentage of the liable parent's income. The review could look at ways of reflecting the income of a parent's new partner.

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Child Support Legislation changes introduced into Parliament

The Child Support and Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Budget and Other Measures) Bill 2010 that contains the Alignment of Care and Income Estimate Improvement amendments was introduced into Parliament this morning. Subject to the passage of legislation these changes will be implemented from 1 July 2010. Theer are key changes to Child support income estimates, Percentage of care and days vs nights, Non-payment of family tax benefit for non-lodgment of tax returns and a range of other amendments.

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A Message from the Child Support Agency

Here at the Child Support Agency, we're creating a new, improved child support system. This means everyone who pays or receives child support has to be reassessed - even if you work out your own private payment arrangements. To make sure your new assessment is correct, we need to be able to contact both parents. Otherwise, your new assessment could be based only on information we get from the other parent.

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Costs of Children Report - FaCSIA release new data

Costs of children: research commissioned by the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support, by Paul Henman, Richard Percival, Ann Harding and Matthew Gray.

The paper is a collection of three reports on the costs of children in Australian families:

  • The estimated costs of children in Australian families in 2005/06
  • Updated costs of children using Australian budget standards; and
  • Costs of children and equivalence scales: a review of methodological issues and Australian estimates.

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Child Support Inquiry report is in

Foreword
I am pleased to present the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs on the Inquiry into the Child Support Program.
From the outset, a relationship breakdown can be an extremely difficult time for all family members with different points of stress evident between separating parents and children. With a change in family dynamic comes…

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