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Delays to response times: It is taking longer than usual to answer calls and myIR messages, and to process some COVID-19 Support Payment applications. This is because of the impact of COVID-19. If possible, please contact us through your myIR account. Log in to myIR

Budget 2022: The Government has announced Budget 2022, which includes changes to child support payments. Find out more on our Tax Policy website

Budget 2022: The Government has announced a Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid from 1 August 2022. You do not need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, we’ll pay it into your bank account. Find out more

A private agreement is when parents or non-parent carers agree on a child support amount and pay it directly to each other. 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. They're counted as family income.

Working for Families


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.

What you might pay or receive

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.

Voluntary agreement

Formula assessment


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Last updated: 24 Aug 2020
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