A private agreement is when parents or non-parent carers agree on a child support amount and pay it directly to each other, or agree on expenses being paid on each other's behalf (such as rent, child care or the power bill). People often set up automatic payments to make payments easy. There is no involvement from us.
If you get 1 or more types of Working for Families payments, you'll need to tell us about your private child support payments, or any expenses paid on your behalf, or paid by you on someone else's behalf.
If you'd like help agreeing on an amount, you can use our child support liability and entitlement calculator to work out what you could pay or receive under a formula assessment.
Switching to another type of child support agreement
If your private agreement is not working out, you can apply for a voluntary agreement or formula assessment at any time. You should get in touch as soon as possible to discuss your options.
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