6.1.4 Reviews - Assurance of Support

Summary

This section contains the following information on AoS (1.1.A.310) reviews and covers:

  • regular 3 monthly AoS reviews,
  • AoS expiry review,
  • assuree transfers to Age before end of AoS period, and
  • assurer rights of review.

AoS reviews are done to decide if a recipient (the assuree) covered by an AoS is still eligible to receive any payment.

Regular 3 monthly AoS reviews

If a recipient covered by an AoS, has been granted a recoverable payment, the:

  • balance of the AoS debt (1.1.D.40) is updated, AND
  • assurer (1.1.A.310) is notified of the amount of the updated debt amount, AND
  • a review of the assurer MUST be done to determine the assurers capacity AND willingness to support the assuree, AND
  • a review of the assuree MUST be done to identify any change in the level of support received from the assurer.

The review should cover the following areas:

Assurer Review Assuree Review
  • income and financial position,
  • domestic commitments,
  • any assistance, financial or otherwise, being provided to the assuree. This can be personally provided or arranged via third parties.
any assistance, financial or otherwise, being provided by the assurer or third parties.

If the assurer is a recipient, the full review may NOT be necessary because at least some of the details would be on the assurer's record.

If there is conflicting information in the assuree/assurer reviews that could affect the rate of payment to the recipient, this must be investigated. Payment may be:

  • varied, OR
  • decreased, OR
  • cancelled.

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1)-'income'

AoS expiry review

If AoS debt exists - the final debt amount is calculated and the assurer advised.

If no AoS debt - assurer advised that the AoS period is finished and bond/s (if lodged) can be released.

Assuree transfers to Age before end of AoS period

If AoS debt exists - the final debt amount is calculated and assurer advised.

If no AoS debt - assurer advised that the bond/s (if lodged) can be released.

Assurer rights of review

Centrelink forwards the results of AoS assessments to the Department of Home Affairs 14 days after the assurer has received notification of the AoS decision. The Department of Home Affairs will then make a decision on the assuree's visa application based, among other factors, on the information presented by Centrelink. If the AoS application was unsuccessful, the Department of Home Affairs may not grant the visa.

If an assurer wishes to lodge a review of an AoS decision, it is advisable that they do so within 14 days of receiving the AoS assessment outcome if this review is to have a bearing on the assuree's visa application.

ALL REVIEWS MUST BE RECORDED.

Act reference: SSAct Chapter 2C Assurances of support

Policy reference: SS Guide 9.4 Assurance of Support Scheme

Last reviewed: 4 January 2016