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. Notification & recipient obligations for SpNP

Notifiable events for SpNP

In addition to the common notifiable events, SpNP recipients must notify Services Australia within the 14-day notification period, if they return to Australia. The notification and recipient obligations for SpNP recipients otherwise are the same as those applying to the payment they would otherwise qualify for.

Example: A special needs age pensioner has the same obligations as other age pensioners.

Policy reference: SS Guide Notification & recipient obligations for Age, Notification & recipient obligations for DSP

Comparable foreign payment (1.1.C.230)

A recipient or their partner may be required to take reasonable action to obtain a CFP, if:

  • the recipient or their partner is likely to be entitled to a payment from a CFP country, AND
  • has not applied for the payment.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 66 Notice to obtain foreign payment, section 40 Rejection of claim for failure to obtain foreign payment

Policy reference: SS Guide 7.1 Conditions for payment outside Australia, 7.2 Arrangements for payment outside Australia, 7.3.3 CFP notices & reasonable action requirements

Common provisions

Some notification and recipient obligations are common to MOST payments.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.3 Notification & recipient obligations

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