This site provides useful links and resources for those men and women, mothers and fathers, male and female guardians and relations, seeking reform of the child support regime in Australia.
When posting information relating to your experiences or concerns with child support, please make an effort to include the hashtag
in all posts online. This will help promote the cause seeking reform of the clearly broken systems and processes currently in place, which damage both payers and payees, fathers and mothers, and ultimately damage our children or our relationships with them.
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Child Support Legislation and Reforms
- CSRC Act – Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988
- CSA Act – Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989
The two Acts governing Child Support were enacted in 1988-89 in the Bob Hawke era of “no child shall live in poverty”. Amendments termed “reform” by the Government at the time also known as “Reforms to the Child Support Scheme” were made in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Based on independent surveys since that time, these reforms appear to have been ineffective, and continue to promote a flawed model underpinned by confusing and mismanaged legislation, with punitive and sometimes catastrophic impacts on various customers.
In 2015 the results of a Parliamentary Inquiry were tabled for comment and action by the Government, identifying action required in 25 areas including communication with clients, mediation, reviewing the child support formula and providing sensitive services to victims of family violence. The expected timeframe for a response was set at a very generous 6 months. The Government instead provided a written response ONE YEAR later (which appears to have been very poorly publicised, and is not referred to on the Committee’s website as promised), and yet, NOTHING appears to have been implemented to improve Child Support operations.
Is it any wonder that an increasing number of ‘customers’ of Child Support have lost faith in this Government Department and are now insisting on reform? The Child Support agency has been offered more than enough chances to fix a broken service underpinned by a flawed culture with no accountability. Our children deserve better.