Changes in payments, family dynamics and wellbeing following major child support reform: a longitudinal investigation of behavioural and attitudinal responses

  • Smyth, Bruce (PI)
  • Esler, Marian (CoI)
  • Rodgers, Bryan (CoI)
  • Shephard, Allan (CoI)
  • Temple, Jeromey (CoI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    The Australian Child Support Scheme currently affects around 1.4 million separated parents and 1.1 million children. Significant policy changes are being implemented in stages during 2006-08, including a new formula for estimating child support liability that comes into effect on 1 July 2008. This proposal aims to test the extent to which these reforms contribute to improvements in the economic, social and psychological wellbeing of children and their families. These are the most important aspects of family life determining long-term outcomes for children. This longitudinal survey of separated families will provide the most comprehensive information to date on the impact of a major policy reform on family wellbeing.
    Effective start/end date1/05/0930/04/14


    • Commonwealth Department of Social Services: A$170,000.00
    • Commonwealth Department of Human Services, Child Support Agency: A$115,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$746,000.00


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