Overpayments Resulting from the Grant of Austrian Benefit


Article 16 of the Agreement allows for a debt to be raised against individual pensioners who have been overpaid Australian benefit as a result of the grant of an Austrian benefit. This would generally only occur when the Austrian arrears are not sufficient to fully recover the debt, or when the arrears have been released directly to the pensioner.

In addition to the above, from 1 July 2004 a debt can be raised against the pensioner and their partner (if applicable) under SSAct section 1228A. See for more details.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 10 Austria

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

Policy reference: SS Guide Income from Overseas Payments - General Rules

Last reviewed: 20 March 2017