ERIC Number: ED330434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Who Pays for the Children? A First Look at the Operation of Australia's New Child Support Scheme. Monograph No. 9.
Harrison, Margaret; And Others
This interim report on the implementation of Australia's Child Support Scheme and its short-term effects analyzes the entry experiences of a sample of the first 6,000 registered Child Support Agency cases. In November, 1989, after 18 months of operation, commonwealth authorities had established an infrastructure that facilitated the continued registration of old and new cases. Primary data had been collected from prescheme and early scheme samples. Data suggest that savings from 1988-89 that arose out of Child Support Agency collection may approximate 5.6 million dollars. A large proportion of custodial parents were dissatisfied with their maintenance situation before the Child Support Scheme reforms. While most noncustodial parents were happy with their prescheme maintenance liability, the amounts they paid, and the regularity of payment, they were dissatisfied with the courts' enforcement ability to ensure payment and procedures for varying maintenance. In this report, an executive summary is followed by chapters on: (1) the background of the child support scheme and its evaluation; (2) Child Support Agency registrations; (3) findings from earlier studies; (4) child maintenance payments; (5) attitudes to the Child Support Scheme and prescheme maintenance arrangements; (6) the first Child Support Agency registrants; and (7) further research. Forty-eight references are included. (RH)
Descriptors: Background, Child Support, Data Collection, Federal Programs, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Welfare Services
Australian Institute of Family Studies, 300 Queen Street, Melbourne 3000, Australia ($15.95, Australian Dollars).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Inst. of Family Studies, Melbourne.
Identifiers: Australia; Child Support Enforcement Services