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 Spanish Benefits


Article 24 - Recovery of Overpayments - contains embargo provisions discussed in This -means that any overpayment of Australian benefit resulting from the grant of Spanish benefit can be withheld from any arrears resulting from the grant of that benefit. Centrelink International Services is responsible for liaising with Spain and arranging this. The same applies to arrears of Australian benefits.

Note: This only applies to benefits covered by the Agreement. If the Australian benefit is not covered under the Agreement a debt may still be raised - see

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 5 Spain

Policy reference: SS Guide Embargoes on Arrears of Comparable Foreign Payment, Overpayments resulting from the grant of Spanish benefits

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