The Committee will inquire and report on the following:
- methods used by Child Support to collect payments in arrears and manage overpayments;
- whether the child support system is flexible enough to accommodate the changing circumstances of families;
- the alignment of the child support and family assistance frameworks;
- linkages between Family Court decisions and Child Support's policies and processes; and
- how the scheme could provide better outcomes for high conflict families.
As part of this inquiry, the Committee has a particular interest in:
- assessing the methodology for calculating payments and the adequacy of current compliance and enforcement powers for the management of child support payments;
- the effectiveness of mediation and counselling arrangements as part of family assistance frameworks; and
- ensuring that children in high conflict families are best provided for under the child support scheme.
In carrying out this review, the Committee should assess 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 (e.g. there may be a case for specialised processes and supports for some parents meeting certain criteria).