Many people agree to pay (and receive) child support through the
Child Support Agency. It can be a difficult, slow and cumbersome
process when it comes to providing relevant details and having the
Agency assess and organise payments.
Centrelink has now released a mobile phone app to make the
process easier - incorporating the information that you can obtain
via your child support online account.
For those who aren't familiar with the child support online
account, this is a website (and now an app) where you can
consolidate your information regarding child support. It allows you
Check when your payments due (or when payments are due to be
See child support that is currently outstanding
View a history of payments made and received
Obtain your latest account information and view and update your
Provide changes in the care arrangements for the children in an
easy, online system
Send information regarding change of assessment, varying of
personal details and income estimate.
If you have a private arrangement, you can also confirm with
Centrelink that those payments have been made via the online
There is also a child support estimator to help you calculate
how payments would change if arrangements for the children change,
or your income changes. Simply enter your details into the child
support estimator and calculate your support payments without
lodging the information first. This can be found at the website,
There are many occasions though where the child support payments
do not adequately reflect the needs of the children, or represent
the arrangement the parties wish to enter into. In those
circumstances, you can sign a Binding Child Support Agreement which
can be tailored to your individual circumstances. Should you wish
to enquire further about Binding Child Support Agreements, please
organise an appointment with one of our Accredited Specialists.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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