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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 1222

General effect of Chapter

             (1)  This Chapter provides the methods for recovery by the Commonwealth of:

                     (a)  debts owed to the Commonwealth under Part 5.2; and

                     (b)  debts owed to the Commonwealth under section 1135; and

                   (ba)  debts owed to the Commonwealth under Parts 3B and 3D of the Administration Act; and

                     (c)  overpayments under certain other Acts or schemes; and

                    (ca)  debts incurred under other Acts for failing to repay part or all of overpayments referred to in paragraph (c); and

                     (d)  debts under subsection 11(6) of the Data-matching Program (Assistance and Tax) Act 1990 .

             (2)  The methods of recovery available for the various types of debt are set out in the following table:

 

Recovery methods table

Column 1

Item

Column 2

Debt

Column 3

Means

Column 4

Provision

1

1135
(pension loan debt)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

2

1223
(debt arising under this Act)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

3

1223AA
(debt arising from prepayment)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4

1223AB
(debt arising from AAT stay order)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4A

1223ABB
(debts in respect of child disability assistance)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4B

1223ABC
(debts in respect of carer supplement for 2009)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4C

1223ABD
(debts in respect of carer supplement for 2010 and later years)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4D

1223ABE
(debts in respect of relocation scholarship payments)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4E

1223ABF
(debts in respect of student start-up loans)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4F

1223ABG
(debts in respect of one-off energy assistance payments)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4G

1223ABH
(debts in respect of 2019 one-off energy assistance payments)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4H

1223ABI
(debts in respect of first 2020 economic support payments)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

4J

1223ABJ
(debts in respect of second 2020 economic support payments)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

5

1224AA

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

6

1224AB
(conviction of person for involvement in offence by debtor)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

7

1224B
(education entry payment)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

8

1224C
(Data-matching program debts)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

9

1224D
(mobility allowance advance debt)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

10

1224E
(debt arising from advance payments of social security entitlements)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

11

1225
(compensation debt)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

12

1226
(compensation payer and insurer debts)

legal proceedings

1232

13

1226A
(compensation arrears debt)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

14

1227
(assurance of support debt)

enforcement of security
deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1230C
1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

15

1227B
(youth training allowance debts)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

15A

1228A (comparable foreign payment debts)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

16

1229C
(interest on debt)

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

18

1230
(garnishee notice debt)

legal proceedings
garnishee notice

1232
1233

19

1230A
(garnishee notice debt under 1947 Act)

legal proceedings
garnishee notice

1232
1233

20

Parts 3B and 3D of the Administration Act

deductions
legal proceedings
garnishee notice
repayment by instalments

1231, 1234A
1232
1233
1234

Note:          An additional 10% penalty is payable in some cases: see section 1228B.

             (3)  If a person:

                     (a)  has received an overpayment under certain other Acts or schemes; or

                     (b)  has incurred a debt under another Act (whether before or after the commencement of this paragraph) for failing to repay part or all of such an overpayment;

the amount of the overpayment or debt may be recoverable by means of deductions from the person's social security payment.

Note:          For deductions see section 1231.

   



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