I was on income protection and sickness benefits and it seems i incurred a debt of 5.5k
However checking back for that time period, i was only receiving between $40 and $111 per fortnight so they knew about my I/P payments.
Also, when adding up the amounts from the payment emails i got from centrelink, and kept filed, it seems that for the same period i earned approx $4200 (give or take a couple of hundred) and they are claiming i got $13,490 and i need to pay back $5500.
My daughter also in the same situation 6 years ago, got a debt of $15k, which was reduced to $10k which we paid.
She has also received another debt letter 2 years later.
No idea what the hell is going on, we have always been upfront to the best of our knowledge with notifying centrelink, if we knew there was an increase in I/P.
Im guessing that we were a soft touch once before, lets try it on again.
I lost my leg 18 months ago, i really dont need this harassment from centrelink.
We've been through this before and lost even though we genuinely did all the right things, submitted tax returns diligently.
We had no idea of what happens in the background.
Our I/P firm even sent us letters that made mistakes with payment details, which we submitted to centrelink straight away...That only increased our debt!
No the govt has a lot to answer for.