The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. General provisions for waiver of debts


Centrelink may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, make a decision to waive the whole or a part of a debt.

A decision to waive the debt comes into operation:

  • if no day is stated on the decision - on the day the decision is made, or
  • if a day is stated on the decision - on the stated day (regardless of when the decision is actually made).

Act reference: PPLAct section 194 Waiver of debts—general

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