7.3.1.50 Debts under the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990

Summary

If an amount has been paid to or in relation to a person by way of an instalment of PLP or by way of DAPP and the amount is a debt due to the Commonwealth under the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 subsection 11(6), it is recoverable by the Commonwealth.

This situation arises if Centrelink gives a person notice under the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 subsection 11(6) that they propose to cancel, suspend, or reduce the amount of assistance and the person does not show cause why the action should not be taken within 28 days of the notice. Any payments made above the reduced rate or amount during that 28 day period is a debt due to the Commonwealth.

Act reference: PPLAct section 171 Debts under the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990

Last reviewed: 6 February 2017