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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