Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says Inland Revenue (IRD) will continue to take a tough line with student loan defaulters living in Australia.
About $2 billion of the total student loan debt of about $10 billion is owed by people living overseas.
Last week the Government changed the law to give the IRD the power to recall loans in cases of serious non-compliance.
IRD hopes to take 10 test cases against loan defaulters in Australia.
Mr Dunne says that thanks to information-sharing with Immigration since 2008, the IRD knows where people are and has been making direct contact with them.
In many cases, he says, there's a positive response, with about $250,000 collected in Australia in just the last month.