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This section provides data on the number of child support customers and cash collection from liable parents.A liable parent is a parent of a qualifying child who is normally required to pay child support.

The data for these statistics is available for download from the links at the bottom of the page.

Graph of Cash collection from Child Support from 2008 to 2017

This graph has one line showing the value of cash collected from child support customers for the period 2008 to 2017 

This graph has one line showing the value of cash collected from child support customers for the period 2008 to 2017. 

Cash collected has increased at a constant rate over the decade up until March 2016. In 2008, $365.9 million was collected and by 2016, $484.0 million had been collected. In 2017, it decreased to $473.8 million.

Graph of number of child support customers from 2008 to 2017

This graph has two lines showing numbers of receiving carers and liable parents, from 2008 to 2017 

This graph has two lines showing numbers of receiving carers and liable parents, from 2008 to 2017.

From 2008 to 2017, numbers of receiving carers and liable parents fell 2% and 1%, respectively.

Note

  • Receiving carers include the parents who have children in their custody and receive child support payments from liable parents.
  • Liable parents include the parents who aren't living with their children but pay child support to support the children financially.
  • Child support customers who are no longer receiving or paying child support but have debt in child support are excluded.
  • Australian Child Support Agency customers who are living in New Zealand are included.
  • The child support cash collection includes those collected from Australian Child Support Agency customers under the reciprocal agreement.