Under the Child Support (Assessment) Act, the primary carer of children from a de facto relationship can make a claim for child support from the other parent.
The Child Support Agency is responsible for administering child support arrangements and assessing the amount of support to be provided. The decision is based on factors including each parent's income, the number of children and their living arrangements.
It is possible to enter into a private child support agreement with your former de facto partner, without having to go through the Child Support Agency. However, you must be aware of the relevant regulations and your responsibilities. To ensure the best outcome for you and your children, you will need to prepare a private child support agreement and seek legal advice.