Waiver of Small Debts


Centrelink must waive the debt if:

  • the debt is, or is likely to be, less than $200, and
  • it is not cost effective for the Commonwealth to take action to recover the debt.

Exception: If the debt is $50 or more and could be recovered by deduction or setting off in relation to a payment to which the debtor is entitled under another Act, Centrelink will take action to recover the debt.

Act reference: PPLAct section 197 Waiver of debts-small debts

Last reviewed: 6 February 2017