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 Italian Benefits


Article 17 of the Agreement with Italy contains embargo provisions discussed in This means that any overpayment of Australian benefit resulting from the grant of Italian benefit can be withheld from any arrears resulting from the grant of that benefit. Centrelink International Services is responsible for liaising with Italy and arranging this.

Italy can similarly ask Australia to withhold from its arrears an amount equal to an Italian overpayment and transfer this amount to Italy.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 2 Italy

Policy reference: SS Guide Embargoes on Arrears of Comparable Foreign Payment

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