The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. TheĀ 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 under other Acts


Where a person is receiving a social security payment under the SSAct, and they owe a debt under one of the Acts or schemes listed below, their debt is recoverable through deductions from their social security payment.

These Acts and schemes include:

  • a payment of pension or allowance under the VEA
  • a payment of family assistance within the meaning of the FAAct
  • a payment of compensation (within the meaning of the MRCA)
  • a payment of pension or allowance under the Veteranā€™s Affair's (1994-95 Budget Measures) Legislation Amendment Act (No. 2) 1994
  • a payment under the
    • Austudy Scheme, being the scheme under Part 2 of the Student Assistance Act 1973 as previously in force
    • ABSTUDY Schooling Scheme
    • ABSTUDY Tertiary Scheme (to the extent that it applies to full-time students)
    • AIC Scheme
    • Veterans' Children Education Scheme
    • Post-Graduate Awards Scheme
    • Adult Migrant Education Program Living Allowance
    • Maintenance Allowance for Refugees
    • ESL Allowance (to the extent that it applies to full-time students), or
  • an instalment of PLP
  • dad and partner pay
  • an amount paid to the person on or after 12 August 1988 for participating in a LMP as administered by the then Department of Education, Employment and Training
  • a debt owed under the Financial Case Management Scheme.

Act reference: SSAct section 1228 Overpayments arising under other Acts and schemes, section 1231 Deductions from debtor's pension, benefit or allowance

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