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. Overpayment Resulting from Arrears of Chilean Benefits


Article 23 of the Agreement allows for a debt to be raised against individual pensioners who have been overpaid an Australian benefit as a result of the grant of Chilean benefit. Recovery can be by cash refund or withholding from future entitlement to Australian social security pension, benefit or allowance.

In addition to the above, from 1 July 2004 a debt can be raised against the recipient and their partner (if applicable) under SSAct section 1228A. See for more details.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 15 Chile

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

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

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