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Hey you mob - got a problem with child support? (A)

If you are Aboriginal the Child Support Service can help you

The Legal Aid NSW Child Support Service gives you free independent advice. We are not part of Centrelink or the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Support and we will not give your information to anyone without your permission.

Can I get help?

We can help:

  • Parents who have to pay child support;
  • Carer parents who can get financial support for their kids; and
  • You, or someone you know, looking after kids who are not your own because of a family court order, or informal arrangement (for example grandparents, aunts or uncles of a child).

What can I get help with?

  • Proof of parentage;
  • Any issues related to child support including assessments and agreements
  • Centrelink rules and decisions
  • Court proceedings about child support legal issues.
  • In some cases we can help you to chase up your case with DHS Child Support or by writing to the other parent.

We represent you in a tribunal or a court

Sometimes if you need more help, one of our lawyers can represent you in a family court or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. To get this help you must fill in an application form for a ‘grant of legal aid’. You can get the application form from Legal Aid NSW offices, on our website, or from duty lawyers at local courts. Our staff can help you fill out the form.

The form will ask you about your personal and financial situation. Legal Aid NSW will look at how strong your case is and let you know if a lawyer will represent you. A lawyer from Legal Aid NSW may or may not assist you because of ethical reasons. If not, we can refer you to another lawyer to assist you.

Remember, we are completely confidential

Call us and make an appointment

Please call us to make an appointment on:
02 9633 9916 (Sydney and metropolitan areas).
1800 451 784 (outside Sydney).

Child Support Service,
Legal Aid NSW
Level 4, 128 Marsden Street,
Parramatta NSW 2150

The Legal Aid NSW Child Support Service regularly visits many regional communities in NSW. To find out where and when these visits happen please call us or visit one of our family lawyers in our offices across NSW.

We also have Aboriginal Field Officers to help you with money worries and family law. If you need to speak to an Aboriginal Field Officer, contact our Central Sydney Office on 9219 5000 or the Aboriginal Legal Service on 1800 765 767.

The Legal Aid NSW Child Support Service visits many communities in NSW regional areas on set days and times from Monday to Friday.

This publication is intended as a general guide to the law in NSW. It should not be relied on as legal advice and it is recommended that you talk to a lawyer about your particular situation.

At the time of printing the information shown is correct but may be subject to change.

If you need more help, contact LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 for legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice.

Order brochures online at www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au (go to Order a publication) or email publications@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

If you are hearing/speech impaired, you can communicate with us by calling the National Relay Service (NRS) on 133 677.

September 2016