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Federal Government Calls For Inquiry Into Child Support System

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs made the announcement that it has commenced an inquiry into the Child Support Program.  The Inquiry was prompted by a referral from the Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews on 27 March 2014.

Federal Member for Dawson, the Hon George Christensen MP will chair the inquiry.  The inquiry is still in its early stages, but will focus on:

  • Dealing with the under and over payment of child support;
  • Enforcement options;
  • Flexibility, and options for children in conflict situations;
  • How child support fits with mediation and inside Family Assistance frameworks; and
  • How the child support system and the Family Court interact.

The inquiry will hold hearings in multiple cities, and you can express your interest in attending a hearing on the website. At the hearing, individuals will be given the chance to make short statements to the Committee, provided they fall within the terms of reference for the inquiry.

Stakeholder groups and experts have until Friday 13 June 2013 to make any submissions that address the terms of reference of the committee.

The Committee has also set up an online questionnaire for individuals to share their experiences with the Committee. The questionnaire requires up to 20 minutes and you must be over 18 to complete it.

Further information can be found here

A direct link to the questionnaire can be found here

To express interest in attending a community statement session, fill out the form here.