6.7 Debt provisions under the SSAct from 1/7/2001
This chapter contains information on the creation and recovery of debts arising under the SSAct.
The Family and Community Services and Veterans' Affairs Legislation Amendment (Debt Recovery) Act 2001 amended the SSAct to expand and clarify the definition of what constitutes a debt to the Commonwealth under the SSAct and clarify the circumstances under which a debt may be recovered. These changes took effect on 1 July 2001.
The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 directs that Australian Government officers must promote the efficient, effective and ethical use of Commonwealth resources. These resources include debts owing to the Commonwealth.
Effective debt management maintains public confidence in the integrity and management of the public sector. In addition, where the debtor has received public monies to which he or she was not lawfully entitled, the community has a legitimate expectation that these funds will be recovered.