Centrelink debts and overpayments
Information to help you avoid being overpaid or to manage owing money for a Centrelink debt.
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We’re pausing debt raising and new debt recovery in locked down Local Government Areas of New South Wales and Queensland.
This will remain in place for the period of the current lockdowns.
If you’re in a COVID-19 lockdown Local Government Area and get a debt letter, you don't need to do anything.
Read more about debts during lockdown.
Watch our video about Centrelink debts and overpayments.
Our priority is to help you get the right payment at the right amount.
Sometimes overpayments happen. When they do, we’re here to help. We can help you understand why it occurred so it doesn’t happen again.
If you owe money, we want to help you repay it in a way that best suits your situation.
What you should do to avoid being overpaid your Centrelink payment and what we do to help.
Understand what happens when you’re overpaid and what you need to do if you have a debt.
Page last updated: 4 August 2021
This information was printed 29 July 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/centrelink-debts-and-overpayments. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.