There are various options to change an assessment if you feel it is not fair:
Lodge an estimate of your current income if the income used in the assessment is 15% higher than what you expect to earn.
Crediting non-Agency payments made in lieu of child support such as the children’s education and medical costs.
Changes in circumstances - either parent can notify the Child Support Agency if there are changes in the care arrangements for the children, or if a payer has a new relevant dependent child, or if a child dies or enters into a de facto relationship.
A Change of Assessment Application – can be lodged if a parent believes the assessment is not just and equitable because of the special circumstances of their case. These applications are restricted to ten specific grounds of review:
- High cost of contact.
- Special needs of the child.
- Agreed education costs.
- Income or property of the child.
- Child care costs.
- Income, earning capacity, or property of either parent is not reflected in the assessment.
- Self support expenses.
- Income or property provided for the child.
- Legal duty to support another person.
- Additional income earned for the benefit of other resident children (eg step children)