Overpayments Resulting from Arrears of Norwegian Benefits


Article 26 of the Agreement allows for a debt to be raised against individuals who have been overpaid an Australian benefit as a result of the grant of a Norwegian benefit. Recovery of a debt can be by cash refund or withholding from future entitlement to any Australian pension, benefit or allowance.

The recovery from future entitlements would generally only apply when:

  • the arrears are insufficient to fully recover the overpayment, or
  • the arrears have been released directly to the applicant.

In addition to the above, from 1 July 2004 a debt can be raised against both an applicant AND THEIR PARTNER (if applicable) under SSAct section 1228A. For more detail, see Income from Overseas Payments - General Rules.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 19 Norway

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

Last reviewed: 21 September 2015