No time limit on debt recovery action


From 1 January 2017, legal proceedings or any action to recover a PLP or DAPP, family assistance or social security debt, can be commenced at any time. The former 6 year statute of limitations no longer applies.

A debt that was deemed irrecoverable prior to 1 January 2017 cannot be pursued, however, Centrelink can still accept voluntary repayments of the debt.

Even where a debt was deemed irrecoverable at law due to the former statute of limitations, the debt still exists. The debt may be waived where appropriate.

Act reference: PPLAct section 192A No time limit on debt recovery action

Last reviewed: 9 August 2021