6.3.3 Other Labour Market & Older Students Overpayments

Summary

This section contains one topic on PA overpayments.

Employment income (1.1.E.102) overpayments

Overpayments that occur due to recipients not advising of employment income within the notification period (usually 14 days) may be reduced if the recipient has working credits to deplete.

Example: Mia is a notification reporter (1.1.N.126), has 200 working credits and starts work on day 9 of her instalment period. She earns $150. Mia notifies on day 10 of her next instalment period - this is outside of her 14-day notification period. Her $150 employment income will be spread over the instalment period in which she earned it. However, she has enough working credits to completely offset her employment income so she will not incur an overpayment.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.11.30 Working credit depletion, 8.6.4.10 Date of Effect of Non-Automatic Adverse Determinations

PA overpayment

PA recipients on 6 monthly form lodgement MUST:

  • declare their and their partner's casual earnings, AND
  • notify of any change in circumstances as soon as the change occurs.

If a couple wants one partner's overpayment to be withheld from both of their payments, a non-debtor may authorise withholdings from their payment to recover the amount owed by a debtor.

Act reference: SSAct section 1223(1) Debts arising from qualification, overpayment etc.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.3.1 PA - Qualification & Payability

Last reviewed: 12 August 2013