6.3.3 Other labour market & older students overpayments


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 is paid $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 it is paid. However, she has enough working credits to completely offset her employment income so she will not incur an overpayment. Mia has commenced receiving income from employment, an amount that will still entitle her to some income support payments, she is moved on to statement reporting (1.1.S.350) and is now required to report her income each fortnight.

Policy reference: SS Guide Working credit depletion, 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 income, 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 lack of qualification, overpayment etc.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.3.1 PA - qualification & payability

Last reviewed: 1 July 2021