Fifty Western Australians were prevented from travelling overseas in the first nine months of this financial year due to outstanding child support debts, new Department of Human Services figures have revealed.
The figures, released on Sunday, showed WA’s 50 departure prohibition orders were part of a nationwide record 358 travel bans for unpaid child support â€“ more than one a day.
Unpaid child support is growing problem, with figures already eclipsing 333 bans recorded in 2016-17 and 191 bans in 2015-16.
The bans mean parents are stopped at the gate of airports and given an ultimatum of either paying their outstanding debt or not leaving the country.
The federal government believed the bans were effective, with a record $10.4 million in outstanding debt recovered this financial year.