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Debt letter received and refuted

Debt amount: 
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Newstart Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes & I won
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Was issued with a debt notice (dated Dec 2016) but did not receive it as my address had changed and I hadn't been on Centrelink for around 2 years (even though my address was up to date with medicare and ATO).

When I eventually received it, it was for 2014-15 FY and around $5750 (including a late fee).

I was incredibly anxious and overwhelmed!
I couldn't sleep or think straight.
I've never been in debt before and always lived within my means.

I'd finally gained part-time ongoing employment in 2016 and had started saving a little but this debt would have represented a large proportion of my savings.
I'm still a low-income earner.

This took up a lot of my time (at least three days to track down all payslips and bank records, including phone calls to Centrelink).

I was incredibly anxious, confused and scared for weeks.

I requested a review of the debt and it was reduced by $3000.
It was so inflated and incorrect their initial amount!

I believe it could still be incorrect but I just want to pay this and move on with things.

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

Terrible. The onus is always on an organisation to have evidence of a debt, rather than the other way around.

It's a callous system, deeply (and perhaps intentionally) flawed, that preys on the most vulnerable people in our society.