Australia’s Child Support Scheme Child Support (Registration & Collection) Act 1988 –Established the Child Support Agency (CSA) now known as the Department of Human Services – Child Support (DHS-CS) for the collection and transfer of payments –Amended Social Security legislation to place emphasis on accessing private financial support from ex-partners Child support does not directly reduce welfare benefits Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 –Introduced the child support formula to determine assessment amounts for parents who separated or had children born after June 1 1989 Centre for Applied Social Research 4
Australian child support reform 2003 Inquiry: Over 1600 submissions 21 public hearings 2005 Taskforce 2006 – 08 Legislative Reforms
Policy outcomes of the Inquiry and Taskforce 2003 Inquiry RecommendationsPolicy Trajectory Who stood to benefit? 1.Reducing the cap on payer parent’s assessable income (maximum liabilities) 2.Eliminating the link between contact and child support liabilities 3.Amending the calculation of child support on income from overtime and second jobs 4.Increasing prescribed ‘in-kind’ payments from 25% to 30% of the total liability Realised in the 2006-08 legislative changes Payers 5.Increase minimum liability from ₩ 249,000 to ₩ 498,000 per year Revised downwards Payees ( Cook & Natalier 2013)
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