Overpayments Resulting From the Grant of German Benefits


Article 14 of the Agreement with Germany allows for a debt to be raised against individual pensioners who have been overpaid Australian benefit as a result of the grant of a German benefit. This would generally only apply when the German arrears are not sufficient to fully recover the overpayment, 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 14 Germany

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

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

Last reviewed: 9 November 2015