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CHILD SUPPORT NEWS

05-Oct-2017


"News for Families" for October 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for September 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for August 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for July 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for June 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for May 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for April 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for March 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for January 2017


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for December 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for November 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for October 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for August 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for July 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for May 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for April 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for March 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for January 2016


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for December 2015


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for November 2015


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for September 2015 


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for August 2015 


Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) has been abolished 

The following is an edited extract from the Explanatory Statement for the Tribunals Legislation Amendment (Amalgamation) Regulation 2015.


The full text of this notice is available for our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


"News for Families" for July 2015 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for June 2015 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for May 2015 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for April 2015 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for March 2015 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.

 


"News for Families" for February 2015 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for January 2015 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for November 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for October 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for September 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for July 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for June 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for May 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for April 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for March 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" for February 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.


"News for Families" for January 2014 

Subscribers may read more about this latest news from the child support section of the Australian Government Department of Human Services at our online members' Practice News.



"News for Families" now available

The child support section of the Department of Human Services is now publishing a newsletter "News for Families" which includes information about the Department's family payments and services, including child support.

A link to this newsletter is available to subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


June 2013 edition of eNews for parents 

 

The June 2013 newsletter published by the Department of Human Services contains articles about: New ways for you to stay informed; Don't miss our live families webcast with Mia Freedman; Will you get a Schoolkids Bonus instalment in July?; and Using Australian Government online services just got easier.

A link to the newsletter is available to subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


May 2013 edition of eNews for parents 

The May 2013 newsletter published by the Department of Human Services contains articles about: National Families Week, the Paid Parental Leave Comparison Estimator, more ways to sign up to eHealth records and the Saver Plus program.

A link to that newsletter is available to our subscribers at our online members' Practice News.


What's new?

This link lists chapters of the Child Support Guide that have been updated and when they were updated for the period 11 November 2011 to 10 May 2013.


Income changes to child support assessments

The Child Support Agency published the following media release on 19 July 2010 as to new types of income being included in child support assessments.

The full text of this release and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Government targeting recent child support defaulters

This media release was published on 26 May 2010. 

The full text of this release and a live link to it are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Helping families find financial counselling 


National Families Week (15-21 May) is a great time to celebrate our family units, but also to focus on the importance of the financial health of our loved ones. 

The Human Services Portfolio General Manager, Hank Jongen has issued a release on financial stress for families. 

The full text of this release and live links to financial information and counselling services are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Alignment of care determinations across Centrelink and the Child Support Agency


The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has released this notice of an adjustment of care determinations to take effect from 1 July 2010.


The full text of this release and its key elements are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.

 
Holiday arrangements for Child Support Agency customers

The following media release was published today (16 December 2009) by the Child Support Agency (CSA). 

The full text of this release and its key elements are available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


$81 million in child support debt recovered

The following media release was published on 14 December 2009:

The Minister for Human Services, Chris Bowen MP, has announced that the Child Support Agency's (CSA's) Tax Refund Intercept Process (TRIP) has recovered more than $81 million in outstanding child support payments.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Child Support Agency and financial counsellors join forces to help separated parents

The following media release was published on 9 December 2009 by the Child Support Agency. The Minister for Human Services, Chris Bowen MP, and Australian Financial Counselling and Credit Reform Association (AFCCRA) Executive Director, Fiona Guthrie, have today announced a new partnership between the Child Support Agency (CSA) and the AFCCRA that will provide improved financial literacy and support services to separated parents.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Parents owing child support may not get to travel overseas this Christmas

This media release was published by the Child Support Agency on 4 December 2009.  The Minister for Human Services, Chris Bowen MP, has warned parents with overdue child support that they may be prevented from travelling overseas this Christmas.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Child Support investigations uncover $18 million for kids

This media release was published by the Child Support Agency on 12 November 2009. 

Child Support Agency (CSA) investigations have resulted in a 50 per cent increase in child support payments during the 2008-09 financial year from parents who had understated their capacity to financially support their children.

Minister for Human Services, Chris Bowen MP, said income minimisation investigations look at separated parents who are suspected of having a greater capacity to pay child support than their taxable income indicates and are therefore paying less than the appropriate amount of child support.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Parent's Guide to Child Support now online in Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Turkish


This media release was published by the Child Support Agency on 22 October 2009. 

CSA's Director of Parent Support Services, Toni Brown, said the CSA is committed to supporting separated families from diverse cultural backgrounds and the free publication helps separated parents understand their rights, responsibilities and available support services.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Support for kids when parents separate

The following media release was published by the Agency on 21 October 2009. 

The Child Support Agency (CSA) and Kids Helpline are working together to support kids who are having trouble coping when their parents break up.

CSA's Parent Support Services Director, Toni Brown, said Children's Week, which begins on 24 October, celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood and is an ideal time to highlight the range of support services available for families affected by separation.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Mental health tips for separated and separating parents

This media release was published by the Agency on 2 October 2009. 

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Clearing a path through the fog of family separation

The following media release was published on 16 September 2009:

The Minister for Human Services, Chris Bowen MP, has launched an online support tool developed by the Department of Human Services to assist separated families in navigating their way through the Family Law System.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Separated parents need to lodge tax returns promptly

On 7 September 2009, the Child Support Agency published the following media release. 

Separated parents could find themselves in danger of not paying the right amount of support for their kids if they don't submit their tax returns on time.

Child support assessments are calculated using both parents' income details, along with the age of their children and the level of care each parent provides.

This means it's important for separated parents who earnt more than $18,808 during the 2008-09 financial year lodge their tax returns shortly after they receive their payment summaries.

Child Support Agency (CSA) National Enforcement Services Manager, Bill Volkers, said he understands people might put off doing their tax returns, but if a child support case is involved it is essential to promptly lodge tax returns to ensure assessments are accurate and fair. It is a legal requirement for most people to lodge their tax returns by the end of October.

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Separation - a guide for teens

In recognition of International Youth Day to be celebrated on 12 August, the Child Support Agency has issued the booklet “Family separation – a guide for teens”. The Agency issued a media release on 7 August 2009.

 

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


Child support income - new definition

On 6 May 2009, the CSA announced that as from 1 July 2009 salary sacrificed superannuation contributions and net investment losses are to be counted as child support income. 

The full text of this release is available to our subscribers at our online Members' Practice News.


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