10.20.7.30 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 18.104.22.168 Income from Overseas Payments - General Rules.