For the purposes of FTB, a notional assessment is an assessment made by Child Support under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 of the payer's child support liability when there is a child support agreement in place. The notional assessment is used as a basis to assess FTB entitlement.
For child support agreements, Child Support will work out the annual rate of child support that would otherwise be payable under the child support legislation if there was no agreement. This will be called the 'Child Support notional assessment' because it is a 'notional' rather than an actual rate of child support. The amount of child support that would be received under a Child Support notional assessment is the amount that will be used in the maintenance income test for FTB Part A.
Act reference: FAAct section 3(1)-'notional assessment'
Last reviewed: 20 March 2013