6.7.1.110 Notice of Debts

Summary

If a debt due to the Commonwealth has not been paid in full, Centrelink must give the person a notice in respect of the debt.

The notice must specify:

  • the date the notice was issued,
  • the reason for the debt,
  • the period to which the debt relates,
  • the debt amount,
  • the day the amount is due and payable i.e. 28 days after the date of the notice,
  • that an interest charge may be applied to the debt if the person does not enter into a payment arrangement and make a payment under that arrangement,
  • that an interest charge may be applied to the debt if the person fails to comply with a payment arrangement or the payment arrangement is terminated,
  • payment options, and
  • contact details for enquiries concerning the debt.

More than one notice may be issued in relation to a debt.

Act reference: SSAct section 1229 Notices in respect of debt, section 1229A Interest charge-no repayment arrangement in effect, section 1229B Interest charge-failure to comply with or termination of repayment arrangement

Policy reference: SS Guide 6.7.1.40 Interest Charge on Debts

Last reviewed: 3 January 2017