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Centrelink’s refunding my Robodebt!! :)

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 19 November 2018
Period debt occurred: 
July 2014 to June 2015
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes but I lost
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Centrelink contacted me in 2018 claiming I owed $1950 due to misreporting my income while on Newstart during the 2014/15 financial year. I disputed the debt but lost so had to repay the full amount.

Centrelink has sent me a letter today stating that:

“We are refunding money to people who made repayments to eligible income compliance debts. Our records indicate that you previously had debt/s raised using averaging of ATO information. We no longer do this and will refund the repayments you made to your nominated bank account.”

Hell yes!

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

Centrelink made me feel like some thief who had fraudulently mis-reported my income while on Newstart however I’m certain that I always reported my income correctly during this period. I feel so relieved that they’d finally realised that they fucked up and am spewing I’ve had to spend countless HOURS on the phone to them over the last few years to try to get this situation rectified. It’s caused me anxiety and feeling helpless trying to fight my Robodebt over the last 2 years.

I’m getting the full $1950 “debt” refunded to me and hope I never have to deal with Centrelink ever again in my life! Centrelink can get fucked.