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. Debt recovery by deductions from payments to third parties


Under section 1234A of SSAct, debts incurred under the following acts may be recovered by deductions from the social security payment of person who is not the debtor, with that person's consent:

The consenting person may withdraw their consent and end the recovery by deductions arrangement at any time.

Repayment of money recovered from a bankrupt debtor

Where the consenting person is bankrupt and has an amount deducted from their social security payment, the amount deducted should be repaid to the person.

Act reference: SSAct section 1234A Deductions by consent from social security payment of person who is not a debtor

Last reviewed: