“Paying child support is not a choice, it is a moral and legal obligation,” The Minister for Human Services, Michael Keenan, said.
“Those who shirk their responsibilities are literally depriving their children of a better life and we make no apologies for using these tough measures to make them pay up.”
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The travel bans – more formally known as a Departure Prohibition Order (DPO), apply to international travel only, and were served to 1,067 individuals for debt that’s been owed for the last six months.
Sadly, this is an almost 50 per cent increase on the same six-month period last year.
The government issues the travel bans to encouragement payments on a regular basis.
Last year, DPOs helped recoup more than $15 million between July 1 and December 30.
“The Government’s message to parents is simple,” Minister Keenan continued. “If you can afford an overseas holiday, then you can afford to support your children. That should be your first priority, not jetting off for a break in a foreign country.”
A record number of Australians are being hit with international travel bans for shirking their child support payment obligations. For more information: https://t.co/PznsZTt3ue pic.twitter.com/yPIKLQdH7t
— Michael Keenan MP (@MichaelKeenanMP) March 22, 2019