Discretionary Compensation and Waiver of Debt Mechanisms

On 1 July 2014, the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 replaced the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. The information on this page is no longer current. Please refer to current information on discretionary mechanisms.


The Australian Government may provide discretionary assistance in some cases by act of grace payments, or by waiving debts owed to the Australian Government. In general, this assistance may be granted where it is considered that the Australian Government has a moral responsibility to provide assistance, rather than a legal responsibility.

For further information on the mechanisms and how to apply, visit these links:

The CDDA Scheme is the avenue for providing assistance where a person has been adversely affected by defective actions or inaction of an Australian Government agency. Responsibility for CDDA claims rests with the Minister responsible for the relevant agency, and with officers authorised by the Minister. Such claims should not be referred to the Finance portfolio.


June 2010 - Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Further information

For more information, you can telephone the Discretionary Payments Section, Department of Finance on 1800 227 572.

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Contact for information on this page: sfc@finance.gov.au