If you're a receiving carer with children living with you in Australia, you must apply for child support with the Department of Human Services (DHS). You can do this by calling the DHS directly.
From other countries
If you live in a country other than Australia, you can apply for a formula assessment by either:
- completing the form on our website and emailing it to us
- calling the international line.
If you have a biological child under the age of 18 in your day-to-day care, you may be able to have them recognised by our formula assessment. You'll need to provide us a copy of their birth certificate.
If the child in your care is a New Zealand citizen, you may be able to apply for child support.
You'll need to give us a New Zealand bank account to receive monthly payments. If you do not have a New Zealand bank account, we'll send you a cheque when the amount is more than $300 or after 6 months.
It's important to give us your income details otherwise we'll have to estimate your income. Send your most recent income tax return or evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you get the right amount.