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. Waiver of debts arising from offence


Centrelink must waive the right to recover so much of a debt that arises from an offence if:

  • the debtor is convicted of the offence, and
  • the court indicated in sentencing the debtor that it imposed a longer custodial sentence on the debtor because he or she was unable or unwilling to pay the debt.

Act reference: PPLAct section 196 Waiver of debts-arising from offence

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