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Don’t Need this Headache

Debt amount: 
$21000
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 1 June 2018
Period debt occurred: 
August 2014 to June 2016
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Centrelink attempted to call me Friday 1st June 2018, staying they required proof of income during the Financial Year (FY) 2014/15 and 2015/16.

I had asked the man on the phone, why has the procedure changed? And why has it since taken 3-4years to contact me in relation to any “debt”?
During the time I was receiving Centrelink Payments I was required to declare my earnings each fortnight, which I did each fortnight, putting in my Pre-Tax income.

I asked the man on the phone to give me an example of when an overpayment had occurred, he proceeded to tell me of December 2015, I had declared a total of $752.74, and got paid Youthallowance of $560.23 for that fortnight.
He then proceeded to state that I was only meant to receive $133.01.
In no way shape or form is this any of my concern, I was required to declare my earnings which would in turn affect my payments. I did all of the right things, and here I am 3-4 years later being brandished as a liar and that it is my fault I was over paid.

From my understanding I did all the right things and was paid accordingly.
In those two years I received letters stating I had overpayments to which I disputed but got clarification on and paid those debts back in those years.

What I struggle to understand is how I could have a debt of $21k when I only got a total payment of $14-16k in those two years from Centrelink?
Work that one out.

Next the government will try to tell me I should have never received a cent because I “wasn’t a student” despite having a HECS debt of $14k.

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

I understand why the government is doing these processes, but the problem does not lay with people doing the right thing.

The Government needs to be targeting those who are cheating the system, using their payments for drugs, alcohol, cigarettes ETC.

This entire process is a complete waste of Tax Payers Money.
By the time all of this “debt” is finalised the government will have spent a huge percentage of that “debt” trying to recover it.