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Australian Child Support Agency (CSA) - Child Support Payments



CONTACT CHILD SUPPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER YOU HAVE SEPARATED. If you would like to know more about how to apply for child support and your further options, call 131 272* or visit their official website at:
You won't automatically be registered to receive child support if you've told Centrelink your separation date. You have up to 13 weeks to work out parenting arrangements and apply for child support after you separate. This gives both parents time to get information, receive counselling or agree on post separation arrangements, including a parenting plan.

CHILD SUPPORT EXEMPTIONS - Call Child Support if you're experiencing family violence (domestic violence) and are hesitant to claim payments from your ex-partner. Staff will explain your options (including a possible Child Support Exemption for Domestic Violence) and refer you to other support services.

Important information regarding Australian child support and Family Tax Benefit

Child support payments and family assistance payments are closely linked. The more child support you receive (including lump sum child support payments from Child Support Assessment outcomes), the less Family Tax Benefit Part A you may receive. Similarly, if you receive less child support you may be entitled to more Family Tax Benefit Part A. If you haven't applied for child support, or an exemption from seeking child support you may only get the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A.

You need to tell Child Support and Centrelink when your circumstances change, to make sure payments are correct.

Go to Child Support

Child Support

Formerly known as the Child Support Agency

Child Support supports separated parents to transfer payments for the financial and emotional wellbeing of their children
If you apply for a child support assessment, Child Support will calculate the payment amount based on information from both parents. You can make private payment arrangements (a Child Support Agreement) with the other parent or ask Child Support to transfer them for you.

Separated parents with children from a same-sex relationships and non-parent carers such as a legal guardian, grandparent or other family member may also be eligible to apply.

Child Support contact information

Estimate child support
Change of Assessment form
Visit the Child Support website
Call 131 272* for more information.

Child Support publications available for download:

  • The Parent's Guide to Child Support - explains the Child Support Scheme, the services the CSA offers, payment options and your rights and responsibilities.
  • Me and My booklets - tips and hints about working out a budget, maintaining and building your relationship with your kids and looking after yourself after separation.
  • Our family's changed and A kid's guide to changing families - an activity book and CD-ROM for kids aged five to 12 years that will help them understand that separation isn't their fault.
  • Are you experiencing financial hardship after separation? - if you're finding it hard to make ends meet, this factsheet lists a range of services to help you with understanding money, budgeting and dealing with financial organisations.
  • CSAonline - if you're already a Child Support customer, use this secure and convenient way to manage your child support online. Enrol at
  • My family is separating - what now? - an online guide to help you find your way around the Family Law System, better understand your rights and responsibilities following separation and find information on the available support services.

Download publications by visiting at the Child Support website publications page here or call 1800 040 972* to order free copies.
*Call charges apply

Go to Child Support Calculator page

Go to the Child Support Calculator page

Go to Child Support enforcment page

Go to the Child Support Enforcement page

Further Child Support Reading

Go to Child Support Information
Legal Services Commission (South Australia) - Child Support Information Sheet [PDF]
Under Australian law, separated parents (including same sex parents) have a duty to provide a proper level of financial support for their children. The scheme provides a flexible way of ensuring that children are supported by their parents, often with the assistance of government benefits
Go to the Legal Services Commission - Child Support Information Sheet page

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What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the


are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.


plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a


or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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