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. Embargoes on Arrears of Austrian Benefits


Article 16 of the Agreement contains embargo provisions discussed in This means that any overpayment of Australian benefit resulting from the grant of Austrian benefit can be withheld from any arrears resulting from the grant of that benefit, and vice versa. Centrelink International Services is responsible for liaising with Austria and arranging this.

Austria will pay, from arrears, the debt amount, and pay the excess to the Austrian pension recipient. Any shortfall may be recovered by Australia.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 10 Austria

Policy reference: SS Guide Embargoes on Arrears of Comparable Foreign Payment

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