MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen will chair a new inquiry into the Child Support Program,

LNP Member for Dawson George Christensen speaks to the media as his supporters celebrate his win in the Federal Election.

MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen will chair a new inquiry into the Child Support Program, at the request of  the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP.
The inquiry will focus on how the Child Support system works, including:
• dealing with under or over payments, and enforcement options for payments,
• flexibility for families, and providing the best options for children in conflict situations,
• how the program fits with mediation and Family Assistance frameworks, and
• links between the child support program and the Family Court.
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs has created an anonymous, online questionnaire for individuals to complete, giving anyone with an experience of the Child Support Program the opportunity to make a personal contribution to the inquiry.
‘The Child Support Program assists families at moments of great stress, and it is designed to focus on the needs and costs of children. The Committee wants to look at the way it operates to ensure that it works for all families, and to see if it is flexible and supportive enough to deal with the range of different family situations,’ George Christensen, the Chair, said.
‘We want to hear from individuals about their experiences, and that is why we have created a comprehensive online questionnaire. I would encourage everyone who has a personal experience of the Child Support Program to go online and tell us their story. This kind of information will be crucial to our understanding of how the program operates in reality.’
The Committee looks forward to the contribution of stakeholder groups throughout the inquiry, providing submissions on their organisational views, and encouraging their clients and members to complete the questionnaire.
A link to the questionnaire, as well as the inquiry’s terms of reference and particular areas of interest to the Committee, are available on the inquiry website:
The Committee will conduct a series of hearings around Australia. All available information, including the draft hearing schedule and advice on contributing to the inquiry, is available on the inquiry website or through the phone information line

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 2223
Fax: (02) 6277 4427

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Anyone who has had dealings with the Child Support Agency is encouraged to complete the survey for the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Child Support Program


Parliamentary Inquiry into the Child Support Program

On 27 March 2014, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the Child Support Program.

The Committee has created an online questionnaire for individuals to complete. The questionnaire enables people with an experience of the Child Support Program to make a personal contribution to the inquiry, and will enable the Committee to understand the individual experiences of a broad range of people. You must be over 18 years old to complete the questionnaire, and it will take up to 20 minutes of your time. The questionnaire is available here.

The Committee will be holding hearings in many Australian cities, which will be open to the public. As part of its hearings, the Committee will be holding ‘community statement sessions’, at which individuals may make short statements to the Committee about the inquiry’s terms of reference. If you would like express your interest in participating in one of these sessions, please complete the form at this page.

The Committee is seeking submissions to the inquiry from stakeholder groups and experts. Submissions directly addressing the terms of reference should be forwarded to the Committee no later than Friday 13 June 2014. Online submissions can be made on this page. For information on how to make a submission, go to our Making a submission to a Committee Inquiry page.

Individuals who wish to make a submission to the inquiry should be aware that the Committee cannot investigate individual cases or complaints. Submissions should not include personal details. If you wish to share your personal experiences with the Committee, please complete the online questionnaire.

3 thoughts on “MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen will chair a new inquiry into the Child Support Program,

  1. The child support agency overpaid my ex $4000. I was told the CSA would not agree to recover the overpayment because my ex would have to repay it. 6 months later the CSA made another mistake and I was told I had to immediately pay my ex $5000. The CSA did not allow for the $4000 that had already been paid and demanded the full $5000.

    Also my ex was married for 2 years without my knowledge. As my ex is a housewife to her husband she is legally entitled to half the money he earns. Therefore half of my ex’s husbands income should count towards her income for assessment – yet none of it is. My ex’s income is just below the threshold before she is required to contribute to child support.

    I bought computers, laptops and accessories for my children. My ex claimed these were not mutually agreed to so they didnt count to child support therefore minimising my child support payment. If these are not child support “what are they”.

    I paid out thousands of dollars in child support over my ex’s legal entitlement. Unknown to me this money was used by my ex and her husband to take a 4 weeks overseas trip to China and a 4 week trip to Thailand. Unknown to me I effectively paid for an overseas honeymoon for my ex and her new husband – who she knew for less than a year.

    My ex’s husband lived with her and my children for 6 months or more while my ex was collecting welfare before getting married. My son described his step father as “a loser” who had no money, no job, no car and no house. I bought a TV for my ex’s bedroom unaware she was married. I effectively paid out $500 for a wedding present for them.

    The lesson Ive learnt is “DONT DO THE RIGHT THING”

  2. My main area of concern is that despite paying many thousands of dollars in Child Support to my child’s mother, little or none of it was actually spent on my child. Of course when I gained custody she was only required to pay me the princely sum of $5 p/w. Biological fathers are always held accountable for paying Child Support but of course the mother is never held accountable as to whether the support is actually used for the child’s benefit. Another area of concern is Paternity fraud.

    • Sorry Dave the Anti-discrimination act is only for women…
      The objects of this Act are:

      (a) to give effect to certain provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
      4A Meaning of family responsibilities

      (1) In this Act, family responsibilities, in relation to a person, means responsibilities of the person to care for or support:

      (a) a dependent child of the person; or

      (b) any other immediate family member who is in need of care and support.
      4B Meaning of potential pregnancy

      A reference in this Act to potential pregnancy of a woman includes a reference to:

      (a) the fact that the woman is or may be capable of bearing children; or

      (b) the fact that the woman has expressed a desire to become pregnant; or

      (c) the fact that the woman is likely, or is perceived as being likely, to become pregnant.
      5A Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation

      (1) For the purposes of this Act, a person (the discriminator) discriminates against another person (the aggrieved person) on the ground of the aggrieved person’s sexual orientation if, by reason of:

      (a) the aggrieved person’s sexual orientation; or

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