H. Child Support Improvements



H1. Child Support Debt Collection - Additional Compliance Activity


Implementation


1 July 2003 to 30 June 2007.
 

What's New


The Child Support Agency will increase its focus on collecting child support payments from long-term non-compliant payers. The measure will provide parents of children who are not currently receiving support with access to their child support entitlements. Over 105,000 children are expected to benefit as an additional $130 million of child support is transferred from non-compliant payers through better targeted collection.
 

Background


Some parents have been assessed to pay child support but have been avoiding their responsibilities to their children. As a result, the non-compliant parent has accumulated a debt over time. The measure will ensure the Child Support Agency will increase the effort to discuss the debt with the payer, verify its accuracy, ascertain the payer's capacity to pay, and to negotiate an acceptable payment arrangement.

Total Government Funding: Net save of $9.6 million over four years
 




H2. Support for Unemployed Parents


Implementation


1 July 2003 to 30 June 2007.
 

What's New


Unemployed, newly separated parents who become payer clients of the Child Support Agency will be invited to participate in community based programs that enhance parenting and relationship skills.

Unemployed parents on Newstart Allowance currently pay a minimal amount of child support. Assisting unemployed payers with these relationships may assist the transition back to employment and increase child support payments and compliance.

This measure will assist 31,500 unemployed non-resident parents to improve relationships with their children and ex-partners.
 

Background


Parents who have child support liabilities who start to receive Newstart Allowance after 1 July 2003 will be referred to community based programs to increase their parenting and relationship skills.

Research has shown that improving parenting and relationship skills leads to a higher level of voluntary compliance with child support obligations and reduced periods of unemployment.

Total Government Funding: Net save of $0.4 million over four years

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