Automatic deduction of child support from wages and salary

2013 amendment to Child Support allows automatic deduction of child support from wages and salary of liable parents.

All liable parents receiving employment income will have child support deducted from their employment income. Automatic deduction of child support currently occurs where a parent has been in default or receives a social security benefit. The amendments will extend automatic deduction to parents who are:

  • a PAYE or ACC income recipient, which covers most wage and salary earners, or
  • a student allowance recipient.

The Commissioner may consider that it is inappropriate to use automatic deductions for a person due to administrative, cultural, privacy or other exceptional reasons. Other acceptable methods must be used to pay child support.