Child Support Stakeholder Consultation Group

In response to a recommendation made in the Third Interim Report of the 2019 Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System (Committee), the Australian Government has established a Child Support Stakeholder Consultation Group (Consultation Group).

The Consultation Group will perform a key advisory role for Government on the Child Support Scheme.

More information about the Australian Government's response to the Committee is available at: Joint Select Committee on Australia's Family Law System.

Learn more about how the Australian Government is implementing the child support recommendations from the Family Law Inquiry.


The key objective of the Child Support Stakeholder Consultation Group is to support the Government achieve better outcomes for separated and separating families, with a particular focus on achieving better outcomes for children.


The membership includes national peak bodies and organisations who represent separated parents and their children, or provide services, programs and other expertise related to separated parents and their children. 

  • Australian Council of Social Services
  • Economic Justice Australia
  • Family and Relationship Services Australia
  • Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia
  • Lone Fathers’ Association Australia
  • Parents Beyond Breakup
  • Professor Kyllie Cripps, Indigenous Studies Centre Monash University
  • Relationships Australia
  • Single Mother Families Australia
  • Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner
  • National Children’s Commissioner


The Consultation Group will:

  • share information and expertise about the impacts of child support policy and services for families and children;
  • discuss and provide feedback on policy and systemic service delivery issues;
  • discuss and provide feedback on data and research related to the Child Support Scheme;
  • provide feedback to the Government on their data needs; and
  • contribute to the Child Support Expert Panel’s understanding of the implications of child support reform on separated families.


  • The Consultation Group is expected to meet virtually, twice a year. Additional meetings may be scheduled as required.
  • The Department of Social Services and Services Australia are jointly responsible for co-chairing meetings.  The Consultation Group is also supported by representatives from the Attorney-General’s Department, Treasury and the Australian Taxation Office.

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