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 Relating to Controlled Private Trusts & Controlled Private Companies

Date of effect

This topic has effect to controlled private trusts and controlled private companies from 1 January 2002.


This topic contains the following information:

  • policy provisions for overpayments relating to private trusts and private companies on or after 1 January 2002.

General provisions

The requirement that income support recipients adhere to their responsibilities to notify Centrelink in the event of substantial changes to their circumstances will not change for recipients with involvement in controlled private trusts and private companies.

All income support recipients, including those with involvement in a private trust or private company, will be expected to inform Centrelink in the event of changes in their circumstances, (i.e. a 'notifiable event') in the same way as recipients who are sole traders or involved in a partnership.

Income support recipients who fail to notify of a change in circumstances or who withhold information from Centrelink may need to be investigated to see whether an overpayment should be raised against them.

Act reference: SSAct section 1223 Debts arising from lack of qualification, overpayment etc.

Policy reference: SS Guide Part 6 Reviews, debts & payment recovery

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