Centrelink issued me with a debt of over $12,000 from when I was studying.
I was receiving youth allowance at the time and getting roughly $260 a fortnight.
Over the period I received under $4,000. I was gobsmacked that the debt was 3 times the payment I received.
I started to get really anxious - worried they’d garnish my wages. I was actually happy that I finally found a full time job that i wouldn’t have to deal with Centrelink again.... how wrong was I?
I started an appeal process because there was no possible way I could’ve of owed $12K+
My appeal took about a month (longest month ever) and I contacted the person who processes the appeals, who apologised and was shocked that the robo-debt not only said I owed money I didn’t but 3x more
I understand they’re trying to catch people committing fraud but the amount of stress and potential ruin of your credit score is anxiety inducing.