act of grace payment

A payment made by the Commonwealth to an individual or other body in special circumstances and where there is no legal obligation to make the payment. Act of grace payments must be authorised by the Finance Minister or a delegate under section 65 of the PGPA Act. They may be appropriate where a non-corporate entity's conduct or Commonwealth legislation or policy has resulted in an unintended, inequitable, anomalous or otherwise unacceptable result. Act of grace payments are used where any obligation to the applicant is moral, rather than legal.

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