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Child support qualifying age changes
A transcript of the "Child support qualifying age changes" sign language video

Child support qualifying age changes

Visual:

Inland Revenue’s logo appears, together with the title of the video “Child Support”. This fades to white.


Visual:

We see a man’s hand holding a pen. The hand starts drawing a cartoon. The hand draws a thought containing the question “How old?”, then it draws a man, Joe, on the left hand side and a woman, Sally, on the right hand side. Joe and Sally are standing back to back, and have expressions of uncertainty.

Audio:

“Do you know how old your child will be when your child support stops? The age limit is changing. This video explains what you need to know. “


Visual:

The camera view pans down and the hand draws a teenage boy, Tom, standing to the right of a signboard with an IR Child Support logo and a warning triangle with the words “Age change ahead” inside.

Audio:

“These changes apply to all children, whether you pay or receive child support for them or they are included in your allowance as a dependent child.”


Visual:

The camera view pans down and the hand draws a birthday cake in the shape of a number 19 and to the left a calendar showing the date “April 1, 2016”. Underneath the cake, the hand draws the IR Child Support logo which then has a red stamp appear over it containing the word “STOP”. To the right of this, the hand draws another birthday cake, this time in the shape of a number 18. Underneath all of this, the hand draws a school building, and beside it an outline of New Zealand and a small world globe.

Audio:

“Right now, child support is paid up to the age of 19.  On 1 April 2016, new rules mean child support stops when your child turns 18. But there’s an exception to this. If your child is enrolled and attending secondary school in NZ or an overseas school, child support will continue. But you need to tell us their plans.”


Visual:

The camera view pans up and to the right, and the hand draws Joe’s head and shoulders on the left, and on the right, Tom’s head and shoulders.

Audio:

“Let’s take a look at Joe. He’s receiving child support for his 17 year old son Tom, who’s in Year 13 at secondary school.”


Visual:

The camera view pans to the right, and the hand draws Joe standing to the left of a letterbox, reading a letter held in one hand. He is holding a smartphone in his other hand. A myIR login screen pointer appears pointing to the smartphone, and an arrow pointing up and to the right appears above the mailbox.

Audio:

“Before Tom’s 18th birthday, we’ll send Joe a letter or an email if he’s registered with myIR, asking about Tom’s plans.”


Visual:

The camera view pans up and to the right, following the arrow’s direction, and the hand draws the school with Tom in front of it. He is walking away and waving to the camera. To the right of the school, the hand draws the IR Child Support logo with the red stamp appearing over it containing the word “STOP”, and to the right of this, the hand draws the birthday cake in the shape of a number 18.

Audio:

“If Tom is leaving school before he turns 18, we don’t need to be told. Child support will stop the day before his 18th birthday.”


Visual:

The camera view pans down and to the left to show the mailbox again with the lower half of Joe’s body. Another arrow appears, this time pointing down and to the right, and the school building appears. The hand draws Tom standing in front of the school building. The camera view pans to the right, and Joe appears holding his smartphone. A myIR login screen pointer points at his smartphone, and a circle, containing a smiling female IR person wearing a telephone headset, points to Joe with a zig-zag pointer. The hand then draws the IR Child Support logo, the birthday cake in the shape of a number 19 and a calendar showing the date “Dec 31” to the right.

Audio:

“But since Tom will still be at school after his 18th birthday and we are told straight away, child support will continue until the day before he turns 19 - or the day before he leaves school – whichever comes first. However, if the school year finishes before his 19th birthday, payments will stop on 31 December. “


Visual:

A red cross appears over the IR person and the myIR login screen, and a red stamp containing the word “STOP” appears over the IR Child Support logo, and the birthday cake and calendar disappear. The hand draws Joe sitting at a desk and working a computer.

Audio:

“If Tom stayed at school, but we were not told, child support would stop. Joe will need to reapply and will miss out on payments.”


Visual:

The camera view pans down and the hand draws a IR letter and a smartphone showing the myIR login screen.

Audio:

“Remember to keep on top of your child support. Look out for our letter in the post or in myIR if you’re registered. You’ll need to let us know what your child’s school plans are before they turn 18.”


Visual:

The camera view pans down and the hand draws Joe leaning on a computer screen. The hand writes www.ird.govt.nz/childsupport on the screen and then writes 0800 221 221 underneath the screen.