Child Support & Child Care

The child-support scheme can provide financial certainty and strengthen resilience in the children's primary household. 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 vital public policy formed in 1988 when child poverty captured Australia's attention and concern. It was well-known that there were low levels of child support 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) is responsible for administering child support legislation. It works to develop and improve child support policy to enable more effective delivery of the scheme. The Department of Human Services and through Services Australia delivers the CSS and provides services to parents and carers.

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More on Child Support and Child Care:
Child Support Agreements
Child Support and Family Payments
Child Support Exemptions
Child Care