Parents who don’t pay child support have been stopped from going overseas as part of a $15 million crackdown.

A record number of 1067 people were slapped with international travel bans in the first half of this financial year, an increase of almost 50 per cent on the same six-month period last year.

More than $15 million of unpaid child support was recouped between July and December, with the money going to the parent who has custody.

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan said parents who don’t pay child support were depriving their children of a better life.

“The government’s message to parents is simple, if you can afford an overseas holiday, then you can afford to support your children,” he said on Friday.

“That should be your first priority, not jetting off for a break in a foreign country.”

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  • This is fantastic


  • If you can afford to travel, you can afford child support.

    • Absolutely! Priorities need to right and children always comes first.


  • Well done. Totally agree that kids before holiday


  • Bringing a child into the world is a massive responsibility and of course providing financially for a child comes before an overseas holiday.


  • Love this!


  • I agree if you can travel you can afford to pay your child support


  • Wow good on them very impressive


  • Good! I think they should take responsibility for their kids first over holidays


  • I know of Mum who accused her ex husband of not paying Child Support for several months. Child Support Agency in Govt. Dept wouldn’t check their records so he had to ask his employer to go back through her records and give him a list of how much it was, when she forwarded the cheque. She also checked when the cheques were presented


  • Definitely need to prioritize child support over holidays. It’s obviously working if they recouped so much.


  • Excellent. About time people were cracked down on for not paying child support.


  • Good move as so many parents don’t want to do the right thing. I applied to have child support for my son that chose to live with me full time at the end of 2017. Child support asked a heap of questions and asked if the dad had a passport and stated that they stop them leaving the country if they refuse to pay child support. They asked what assets he has also said if he refused to pay they can get a court order and have the money taken out of his account. It’s about time these steps have been taken.


  • A great move. I completely agree!


  • I definitely know some deadbeat parents who will be affected by this.


  • What a positive step forward for those who need the child support payments. I applaud this action and think that it is about time. So many parents who have custody struggle to get payments while their ex’s are off enjoying the good life with limited responsibilities.

    Congratulations for having some balls and doing something about it – there needs to be more of this type of action rather than bickering in parliament and getting nothing done!


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