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. Overpayments Resulting from the Grant of Portuguese Benefit


Article 25 of the agreement also allows for a debt to be raised against individual pensioners who have been overpaid Australian benefit as a result of the grant of a Portuguese benefit. This would generally only apply when the arrears are not sufficient to fully recover the overpayment, or when the arrears are released directly to the applicant.

In addition to the above, from 1 July 2004 a debt can be raised against the applicant AND THEIR PARTNER (if applicable) under SSAct section 1228A. See

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 9 Portugal

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

Policy reference: SS Guide Income from overseas payments - general rules

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