The State Debt Recovery Act 2018 (NSW) (Act) received Royal Assent on 21 March 2018, which makes provision for the recovery of certain state debts. The Act authorises the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue of New South Wales (Commissioner) to take action to recover three types of state debts, being:

  • taxation debts owing to the Commissioner
  • debts referred to the Commissioner from a public authority and
  • debts arising from non-payment of grants and rebates under certain public schemes.

While both tax and grant debts are already recoverable by the Chief Commissioner, this Act allows them to be recovered as part of consolidated State debt, using the same powers for all civil debts.