Arrears of Finnish Benefits


When the grant of a Finnish benefit includes an amount of arrears for a past period, any Australian income tested benefit received during the period the arrears covers will need to be reassessed under SSAct section 1228A. The Australian pension is reassessed as if the arrears had been paid and received from the grant of the Finnish benefit, or the date of grant of Australian benefit, whichever is the later. This is done to determine whether the person has received a higher rate of Australian benefit than they were entitled to.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 24 Republic of Finland

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

Policy reference: SS Guide Arrears of Foreign Payment

Last reviewed: 17 August 2015