9.2.3 Suspension or Cancellation of Nominee Appointments

Cancellation

If a payment or correspondence nominee advises Centrelink in writing that they no longer wish to be a nominee, Centrelink must cancel their appointment as soon as practicable.

Suspension or cancellation

Centrelink may give the nominee of a person (a principal) a notice under PPLAct section 288 requiring the nominee to inform Centrelink if:

  • an event or change of circumstances happens, or
  • the nominee becomes aware that an event or change of circumstances has happened or is likely to happen and the event or change of circumstances is likely to affect:
    • the ability of the nominee to act as the payment or correspondence nominee of the principal, or
    • the ability of Centrelink to give notices to the nominee under the Act, or
    • the ability of the nominee to comply with notices given to the nominee by Centrelink under the Act.

If Centrelink has given the nominee a notice under section 288, and the nominee notifies Centrelink of an event or change of circumstances has happened or is likely to happen that affects or is likely to affect their ability to continue to be a nominee or fulfil nominee responsibilities, Centrelink may suspend or cancel their appointment.

If the nominee does not comply with the requirements of a notice under section 288 or 289 (statement by payment nominee regarding disposal of money) issued to them by Centrelink, Centrelink may suspend or cancel their appointment.

Centrelink may cancel a suspension of a nominee appointment at any time.

All suspensions or cancellations of appointments must be in writing and a copy provided to the nominee and principal.

Act reference: PPLAct section 283 Suspension and cancellation of nominee appointments, section 288 Nominee to inform Department of matters affecting ability to act as nominee

Policy reference: PPL Guide 9.2.4 Responsibilities of Nominees

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017