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Fixed annual rate of child support

There are some cases where payers have a low taxable income but this is not an accurate reflection of their financial situation. Therefore, if a paying parent has a very low income but is not in receipt of a Centrelink benefit, the Minimum Annual Rate is replaced by a Fixed Annual Rate of approximately $25 per week per child (capped at 3 children or approximately $75 per week).

The Fixed Annual Rate is not payable if the paying parent has 35% (or more) care of the child, because it is accepted that they are contributing to the costs of the child through the care provided.

If a parent wishes to dispute a fixed rate assessment s/he should contact the Department of Human Services - Child Support on 131 272. The Department will require further evidence of income to enable the officer to make a decision.

Fixed annual rate of child support  :  Last Revised: Mon Oct 27th 2014
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