Arrears of Indian Benefits


When the grant of an Indian benefit includes arrears for a past period, any Australian income tested benefit received during the same period may need to be re-assessed. The Australian pension is re-assessed as if the arrears had been paid and received from the grant of the Indian benefit, or the date of grant of Australian benefit, whichever is the later. This determines whether the person has received more Australian benefit than their correct entitlement. See

Act reference: SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

Policy reference: SS Guide Arrears of Foreign Payment

Last reviewed: 4 January 2016