Parliamentary Inquiry into the Child Support Program

On 27 March 2014, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, asked the Committee to inquire into and report on the Child Support Program.

The Committee created an online questionnaire for individuals to complete. The questionnaire enabled people with an experience of the Child Support Program to make a personal contribution to the inquiry, and enabled the Committee to understand the individual experiences of a broad range of people. The Committee received over 11,000 responses and has published a series of Snapshots which give an overview of the responses received. You can view the snapshots at this link

As part of its hearings, the Committee held ‘community statement sessions’, which provided individuals with the opportunity to make short statements to the Committee about the inquiry’s terms of reference. The Committee also sought submissions to the inquiry from stakeholder groups and experts.

The Committee tabled its report From conflict to cooperation: Inquiry into the Child Support Program on 20 July 2015.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2358

About this inquiry

The Committee will consider whether any problems experienced by payers or payees of child support impact on the majority of parents and other carers involved in the system, or a minority, and make recommendations accordingly.

Past Public Hearings

02 Oct 2014: Canberra
25 Sep 2014: Canberra
04 Sep 2014: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Report tabled


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