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 arrears of Macedonian benefits


Article 19(1) of the Agreement provides that excess payments due to arrears of Macedonian benefits becoming payable are debts due and payable to the relevant institution.

SSAct section 1228A also allows for a debt to be raised against individuals who have been overpaid a benefit by one party as a result of the grant of a benefit by the other party. Recovery of a debt can be by cash refund, by withholding from future entitlements, or by withholding a portion of the arrears payable by the other State.

Further recovery from future entitlements would generally apply when:

  • the arrears are insufficient to fully recover the overpayment, or
  • the arrears have been released directly to the recipient.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 26 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

SSAct section 1228A Comparable foreign payment debt recovery

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

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