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 Slovak Benefits


Article 19 of the Agreement with the Slovak Republic contains embargo provisions. This means any overpayment of Australian benefit following the grant of a Slovak benefit could potentially be recovered from the arrears of a Slovak benefit before it is paid to the recipient, and vice versa. However the Slovaks have advised that they cannot currently hold arrears of Slovak pension and they must be released to the pensioner as soon as the pension is granted.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 28 Slovak Republic

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