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7.1 Child support transfers

In 2018–19, the department worked with separated parents to facilitate the transfer of $3.7 billion to support approximately 1.2 million children.

Table 40: Child support transferred between parents




Child Support Collect

$1.515 billion

$1.556 billion

$1.646 billion

Private Collect(a)

$1.982 billion

$1.996 billion

$2.037 billion


$3.497 billion

$3.552 billion

$3.683 billion

(a) The amount of Private Collect transferred assumes 100 per cent of Private Collect is collected.

Private Collect

The department encourages separated parents to manage their child support responsibilities independently through Private Collect arrangements. In Private Collect cases, the paying parent pays child support directly to the other parent or non-parent carer.

In 2018–19, 51.5 per cent of cases were Private Collect.

Child Support Collect

If parents cannot make and receive child support payments directly between themselves, they can ask the department to collect and transfer payments on their behalf.

In 2018–19, the department collected and transferred $1.6 billion in child support payments.