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Crucial child support legislative amendments
Thursday 23 May 2019, 04:00pm - 06:00pm

A range of amendments have been made to family assistance & child support legislation since the Parliamentary Inquiry into the child support scheme. Understand the changes in detail and get all your questions answered. 

Venue:  Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost: $198 incl. GST
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice 

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On 22 May 2018, the Family Assistance & Child Support Legislation Amendment (Protecting Children) Bill 2017 received Royal Assent and amended the child support legislation in relation to:

  • Amended Tax Assessments - which can be taken into account in a broader range of circumstances, subject to when the amendment was sought from ATO or wher special circumstances apply. 
  • Interim care determinations – new rules for disputed care decisions where care ceases in the context of parenting orders and other written care arrangements. 
  • Child Support Agreements - where a person receiveing child support in a child support agreement ceases to be an eligible carer and new rules about the court setting aside binding child support agreements made pre 1 July 2008;
  • Child Support Overpayments – clarification of what an overpayment is and the extension of powers to recover them

Policy Officers from the department will take you through these amendments and emphasise the critical elements for legal practitioners; with scenarios to support learning. 


Presented by: Brett Walker-Roberts and Keith Parnell, Child Support Program, Department of Human Services 

Brett is the Director of the Child Support Policy Advice team in the Child Support Program in the Department of Human Services where he has worked for more than 20 years. During this period, Brett has provided extensive support to the legal community, including as a speaker at various state and national conferences and the courts (as a friend of the court), particularly in the area of the drafting of court orders about child support and child support agreements. Brett contributed to the writing of the Legal Practitioners Guide, a booklet of precedents to aid practitioners with the drafting of various child support orders and child support agreements.

Keith has worked in the Department of Human Services Child Support Policy Branch since 2007. In this time Keith has worked in a range of child support policy areas, including collection, care and incomes. For the last year Keith has led the implementation of the new disputed care legislation, focusing on operationalisation of legislative imperatives, assurance of information technology solutions and project coordination.

Earn 2 CPD Points in Substantive Law (SL) 

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Darwin NT 0800

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