Overpayments Resulting from the Grant of Spanish Benefits


Article 24 - Recovery of Overpayments - also allows for a debt to be raised against individual pensioners who have been overpaid any Australian pension, benefit or allowance as a result of the grant of a Spanish benefit. This would generally only apply when:

  • the arrears are not sufficient to fully recover the overpayment, or
  • when the arrears are released directly to the person, or
  • when the Australian benefit paid was not covered by the Agreement, for example, NSA or DSP for a person who is not severely disabled.

In addition to the above, from 1 July 2004 a debt can also be raised against the person AND THEIR PARTNER (if applicable) under SSAct section 1228A. See for more details.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 5 Spain

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

Last reviewed: 9 November 2015