Child support and the SSAT: an Anglo-Australian comparison

Wikeley, Nick (2007) Child support and the SSAT: an Anglo-Australian comparison Australian Journal of Family Law, 21, (1), pp. 58-86.


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This article discusses the new arrangements for reviewing decisions of the Child Support Agency, which came into force on 1 January 2007. Since that date the jurisdiction of the SSAT has been expanded to include merits review of agency decisions. There has been bipartisan political support for the introduction of a greater element of external review into the child support scheme. This article examines the new arrangements in the light of the experience of the child support scheme in Great Britain, where appeals against agency decisions have been heard by tribunals modelled on those used for resolving social security disputes since 1993. The British experience suggests that the inquisitorial ethos of the SSAT model, premised on a citizen v state dispute, is not necessarily well suited to dealing with child support disputes, which are typically adversarial in nature.

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ISSNs: 0817-623X (print)
ePrint ID: 48110
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April 2007Published
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:25
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