Submission to the Social Services Select Committee
The Child Support Amendment Bill amends the formula for the financial support of children whose parents have separated so that it is based on the combined income of both parents, the age of the children and a more equitable shared care threshold.
This Families Commission report responds to the Minister of Social Development’s request (letter of expectation, March 2010) that the Families Commission undertake research on what parents are looking for in out-of-school services (OSS). The Minister expressed a particular interest in understanding how parents in different income groups see trade offs between cost, quality, and location, and the report examines these issues.
In 2008, Colmar Brunton was commissioned by the Families Commission to undertake research that looks at the experiences of separated parents and their financial and care arrangements for their children.