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SOCIAL SECURITY ACT 1991 - SECT 1234

Arrangement for payment of debt

             (1)  The Secretary may, on behalf of the Commonwealth, enter into an arrangement with a person under which the person is to pay a debt, owed by the person to the Commonwealth, or the outstanding amount of such a debt, in a way set out in the arrangement.

          (1A)  If a person is required to make a payment under an arrangement entered into under subsection (1) before the end of a particular day, the person must make that payment before the end of that day.

             (2)  An arrangement entered into under subsection (1) has effect, or is taken to have had effect, on and after the day specified in the arrangement as the day on which the arrangement commences (whether that day is the day on which the arrangement is entered into or an earlier or later day).

             (3)  If an arrangement entered into under subsection (1) does not specify a day as mentioned in subsection (2), it has effect on and after the day on which it is entered into.

             (4)  The Secretary may terminate or alter an arrangement entered into under subsection (1):

                     (a)  at the debtor's request; or

                     (b)  after giving 28 days' notice to the debtor of the proposed termination or alteration; or

                     (c)  without notice, if the Secretary is satisfied that the person has failed to disclose material information about his or her true capacity to repay the debt.

             (5)  In subsection (1):

"debt" means:

                     (a)  a debt recoverable by the Commonwealth under Part 5.2; or

                     (b)  a debt under the 1947 Act.



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