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. Notice of debts


If a debt due to the Commonwealth has not been paid in full, Centrelink must give the person a notice in respect of the debt.

The notice must specify:

  • the date the notice was issued
  • the reason for the debt
  • the period to which the debt relates
  • the debt amount
  • the day the amount is due and payable i.e. 28 days after the date of the notice
  • that an interest charge may be applied to the debt if the person does not enter into a payment arrangement and make a payment under that arrangement
  • that an interest charge may be applied to the debt if the person fails to comply with a payment arrangement or the payment arrangement is terminated
  • payment options, and
  • contact details for enquiries concerning the debt.

More than one notice may be issued in relation to a debt.

Act reference: SSAct section 1229 Notices in respect of debt, section 1229A Interest charge-no repayment arrangement …, section 1229B Interest charge-failure to comply …

Policy reference: SS Guide Interest charge on debts

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