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Dads Pay More Under Aussie Changes

Filed under: General — Scrap_The_CSA @ 10:23 am Sat 1st May 2010

MOST single mothers are better off after the Howard government overhauled the child support system, although nearly 7000 have been left out of pocket by up to $60 a week.

The Rudd government yesterday released two reports on the child support changes. When they were introduced in July 2008, it was thought most divorced fathers would pay less, undercutting payments for single mothers.

But the analysis of 198,000 parents who receive payments, mainly women, and 207,300 child support payers, mainly men, revealed that most of those receiving payments — 59 per cent — were getting more child support and family tax benefit. About 61 per cent of “paying parents” contributed more child support.

New reports on the impact of the child support reforms are available here.


  1. 198,000 parents who receive payments
    207,300 child support payers,

    Where are the extra 9300 CS payments going?

    Comment by Scott B — Sat 1st May 2010 @ 11:22 am

  2. Figures probably affected by rounding errors, old debt, shared care assessments etc.

    To qoute the caveats:

    The analysis presented in this section is based on actual child support transfers for 198,000 receiving and 207,300 paying parents. The parents used in this analysis are those who transfer their child support liability through the CSA (CSA collect). All cases included are registered with the CSA and have their child support liabilities assessed using the administrative formula. The analysis reflects the amount of child support that was transferred and the FTB that would be paid based on parents circumstances on 30 June 2009.

    Limitations of the information presented are as follows:

    -Only CSA collect cases are included in the analysis.
    -Paying parents and receiving parents may be involved in more than one child support case. For example, they may be paying more than one person, receiving child support from more than one person or paying one person and receiving from another. This means that there are fewer receiving parents than cases and fewer paying parents than cases.

    Comment by Scrap_The_CSA — Sat 1st May 2010 @ 11:51 am

  3. Single mothers having multiple children from different fathers by choice, then dumping the fathers. I am actually surprised the number is so low. It’s only 5%. In NZ it would be higher due to the DPB.

    Comment by Dave — Sat 1st May 2010 @ 6:30 pm

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