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Child support

What is child support

Child support is financial support for a child paid by a parent to the child’s other parent (or carer). The Australian Government’s Child Support Scheme aims to ensure that children receive an adequate level of financial support from both parents following separation.

Find out more about child support

The Department of Human Services website has information to help parents understand the Child Support Scheme.

The scheme includes a parent’s guide to child support and a child support estimator. General enquiries can also be made by phoning 131 272.

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Next steps

Think about your children’s regular expenses.

Investigate child support options.

Contact the Department of Human Services.

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