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Recovery of other debts

Article 19, paragraph 4 of the Agreement allows Australia and New Zealand to recover certain debts for other social security payments that are not related to an embargo discussed in The debt can only be recovered at the request of the country that raised the original debt and must comply with the terms and conditions in Part B of the Schedule of the Agreement. Recovery can be by withholding from current Australian benefit, cash instalment or lump sum payment. If the person in Australia appeals against the recovery of a New Zealand debt, withholdings from the Australian benefit will cease until the appeal is heard.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 3 New Zealand

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