Child support research in Australia : a critical review

Cook, Kay, McKenzie, Hayley and Knight, Tess 2011, Child support research in Australia : a critical review, Journal of family studies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 110-125.

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Title Child support research in Australia : a critical review
Author(s) Cook, Kay
McKenzie, Hayley
Knight, Tess
Journal name Journal of family studies
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 110
End page 125
Publisher eContent Management
Place of publication Maleny, QLD
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1322-9400
Keyword(s) divorce
children
child support
social policy
policy analysis
equity
Summary The Australian Child Support Scheme impacts on the lives of many Australian families. Yet the Australian evidence base informing child support policy development is relatively sparse and lacks coherence. In this article, we employ an equity framework to consolidate the published Australian empirical child support research in order to identify gaps in current knowledge and assess the various layers of competing interest inherent therein. While researchers have begun to examine the financial outcomes of the new Australian Child Support Scheme, work is urgently needed to understand the effects that the new scheme has on children, payees and payers, and how these effects operate. We conclude by proposing an agenda for future Australian child support research that focuses on the aims of the scheme and the four equity principles we employ, namely, horizontal, vertical, gender, and intergenerational equity.
Language eng
Field of Research 160512 Social Policy
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037004

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