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Child support reforms to deliver fairer system.
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Child Support Reforms To Deliver Fairer System
The Australian Government today announced a major overhaul of the Child Support Scheme, which aims to deliver a system that acts in the best interests of children.
In announcing the Government's response to the Ministerial Taskforce on Child Support, Families Minister Mal Brough thanked Professor Patrick Parkinson and his taskforce for their work on the independent report, In the Best Interests of the Children.
Mr Brough said the reforms were the most significant in the 18-year history of the scheme and will affect around 1.4 million parents and more importantly, 1.1 million children.
"Australians using the Child Support Scheme know first hand that the current system does not treat children equally and does not work in the best interests of families," Mr Brough said.
"These changes aim to reduce conflict between separated parents and, in particular, encourage shared parenting by introducing a system that is fairer and puts the needs of children first."
The reforms will be introduced in three stages from July 1 this year.
Among the key changes: