1.1.D.50 Debt, debtor

Definition: debt

Generally, if a person has been paid more PLP or DAPP than was payable to them, the excess amount is a debt to the Commonwealth. If an employer is paid PPL funding amounts (1.1.P.180) and an equivalent amount is not paid as PLP instalments (1.1.I.80), the amount not paid is a debt to the Commonwealth by the employer.

Note: Not all debts are recoverable. Depending on the circumstance, some debts may not be recoverable; they may be waived or written off.

Definition: debtor

A debtor is a person who owes a debt to the Commonwealth.

Act reference: PPLAct Part 4-3 Division 2 Main debts recoverable under this Act, section 193 When debts can be written off, Part 4-3 Division 7 Waiver of debts, section 201 Overseas application of debts

Policy reference: PPL Guide 7.3 Debt recovery

Last reviewed: 9 November 2020