***THIS IS A MUST READ*** Punishment for a first offense for failure to pay child support is a fine, up to 6 months in prison, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent offense or a case when the obligation has been unpaid for longer than 2 years or is more than $10,000, the punishment increases to a fine of up to $250,000, 2 years in prison, or both. Noncustodial parents convicted of these offenses must also pay restitution and/or settlements of the child support amount owed.
Families may be in situations where they are entitled to payment benefits from centrelink to assist with daily living, this may also be in the form of child support payments from partners. welfare Rights is a national network with an office in Fremantle, designed to assist families with the knowledge financial rights and entitlements. This may include much needed funds to support a childs education, and living expenses so that the childs basic needs are met.