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CHILD SUPPORT REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT) 1991 NO. 242EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
STATUTORY RULES 1991 No. 242
ISSUED BY AUTHORITY OF THE TREASURER
CHILD SUPPORT REGULATIONS (AMENDMENT)
The Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 was the first part of a legislative package which aimed to reform child support so as to reduce the number of children in poverty and to make sure that parents with a capacity to pay for their children do not leave it to the social security system.
The second part of the legislative package is in the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 which enables parents to have child support administratively assessed, or to make a child support agreement, rather than going to court.
Notes on the Regulations to be amended are set out below.
The citation of the Regulations is amended to reflect the full title of the Act under which they are made. The Child Support Regulations will in future be known as the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Regulations.
RECOVERY OF DEBT
Regulation 8 is amended to take account of the opening of new branches of the Child Support Agency and specifies in what manner and where payment should now be made to the Registrar. The amendment also takes account of further offices to be opened in the future so that this regulation will not need to be amended for this reason again. The effect is that payments may be made at any office of a Deputy Registrar in Australia. All Deputy Commissioners of Taxation are Deputy Regisrars of Child Support.
ISSUE OF RECEIPTS
Regulation 11 is amended so the Registrar is not required to issue receipts for all payments received. In line with standard commercial practice receipts will be issued on request and the new regulation allows this.
DOCUMENTS TAKEN TO BE DULY SIGNED
A new regulation 13 is added which deems a certificate, notice or other document bearing the written, stamped or printed signature of the Registrar, or delegate of the Registrar, to have been signed by that person.