6.3.8.20 RA overpayments

Summary

This topic contains information on RA overpayments.

RA overpayments

A RA overpayment can occur if a recipient fails to notify of a change in circumstances.

Example: These can include:

  • change of residential circumstances including
    • change of address
    • rent amount variation
    • move to government housing
    • start/stop sharing their accommodation with others.
  • change of relationship status or other family circumstances.

However, the above list is not exhaustive. In the case of an overpayment, the recipient may continue to receive RA at a higher rate than they are entitled to, in which case a RA debt can be raised.

Act reference: SSAct section 1223 Debts arising from lack of qualification, overpayment etc.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1.40 Notification, Verification & Recipient Obligations for RA

Last reviewed: 10 February 2020