As a single parent of 3, it’s hard enough to survive from fortnight to fortnight in a low paying industry, let alone receiving a massive debt from Centrelink that dates back to 2011.
I have suffered depression and anxiety since I was 18 yrs old, I am now 49 and the added pressure of this debt is slowly killing me.
The letters, the phone calls I receive about a debt that I have apparently incurred since 2011 to 2017?!
My job is as a community support worker, it is a very hard industry as your shifts change from week to week and on some occasions I walk away with about $500 clear a week.
I am now at the point that I have no trust in the centrelink system that I would rather go without than have to deal with them again!
Centrelink have apparently worked out that I have a debt of over $8000 and expect me to go back to 2011 to find out where things went wrong.
Why doesn’t centrelink provide me with the details. They have no compassion or empathy for someone who actually has a job and is trying to do the right thing!