1.1.G.10 Garnishee, garnishee notice

Definition: garnishee

A garnishee is a third party who owes money to a debtor or is holding, or may later hold, money for a debtor and is given a garnishee notice by Centrelink to pay the amount to the Commonwealth instead of the debtor in relation to a debt that is recoverable by the Commonwealth from the debtor.

Definition: garnishee notice

A garnishee notice is a written notice given to a third party who:

  • owes money to a debtor (1.1.D.50), or
  • is holding, or may later hold, money for a debtor.

If a debt (1.1.D.50) to the Commonwealth is recoverable, Centrelink may serve a garnishee notice to this third party requiring them to pay the Commonwealth instead of the debtor.

Note: From 1 January 2017, actions to recover a PPL or DAPP debt can be commenced at any time. The former 6 year statute of limitations no longer applies.

Act reference: PPLAct section 184 Garnishee notices-general

Policy reference: PPL Guide 7.3.4.20 Debt Recovery by Garnishee Notice, 7.3.4.80 No Time Limit on Debt Recovery Action

Last reviewed: 3 January 2017