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1.1.G.10 Garnishee debtor, garnishee notice


These definitions apply to all FA payments.

Definition: garnishee debtor

A garnishee debtor is a third party who owes money to a debtor or is holding money for a debtor and receives a garnishee notice to pay the amount owed by the debtor to the Commonwealth.

Definition: garnishee notice

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

  • owes money to a debtor (1.1.D.60), or
  • is holding money for a debtor.

If a debt to the Commonwealth is recoverable, the Secretary may serve a garnishee notice to this third party requiring them to pay the debt owed to the Commonwealth.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 89 Garnishee notice

Policy reference: FA Guide 7.2.7 Debt recovery by garnishee

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