The child-support scheme has the capacity to provide financial certainty and strengthen resilience to the primary household where children reside.   In Australia, the clear majority (83%) of one-parent families with children or dependent students are headed by a single mother. Child Support has the potential to assist in more secure housing, provide the basics for children and reduce hardship.

It is a unique and important public policy formed in 1988 at a time when child poverty had captured Australia’s attention and concern. It was well-known that there were low levels of child support being paid by non-custodial parents (26%) and that mothers encountered barriers, difficulties and costs when updating and or enforcing child support through the courts.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has the responsibility for the administration of the child support legislation and works to develop and improve child support policy to enable more effective delivery of the scheme. The Department of Human Services (DHS) delivers the scheme and provides services to parents and carers.

Please visit Our Voice page to access our submissions, public statements and our work as we seek for an efficient system that ensures that payments are transferred in time and in full.

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