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 Swiss Benefits


Article 29 of the Agreement contains bilateral embargo provisions. This means that any overpayment of Australian benefit following the grant of Swiss benefit can, subject to Swiss legislation, be withheld from any arrears of Swiss benefit before it is paid to the recipient, and vice versa. Centrelink International Services is responsible for liaising with Switzerland and making the necessary arrangement.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 20 Switzerland

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