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I thought I was reporting correctly.

Debt amount: 
$1700
Date debt issued: 
Thursday, 2 April 2015
Period debt occurred: 
July 2018
Payment Type: 
Parenting Payment
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I suffer from depression and anxiety. I'm also a recovering addict. Not quite sure of exactly yrs but around 2009 to 2012 I was working at that stage of my life I wasn't an addict.
Every fortnight I reported my fortnightly income. I always reported and extra hour pay centre link payment was least then what I should have been paid by them, I wouldn't owe centre link at the end of the financial year. I received a letter in 2012 took all my pay slips into wallsend office and had the matter resolved. I thought.
In 2015 I received a letter stating I owe around $2,000 for the time I was working. In 2014 I went to rehab

as I started using drugs in 2013 so I didn't look into it. I actually thought I got the debt from being in rehab, Now that I'm clean I've looked into it and reliased that's not the case. I've made complaint but have not heard anything about it. After reading about false debts I will be taking my debt farther as I truly believe I am a victim also.

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

I'm not happy about it at all. I was a hard working single mother doing the best I could for my 3 kids. I thought I was reporting correctly. Centelink has targeted me who has always done right by centre link never made false claims. When there is people out there robbing centre link and getting away with it for years. Why aren't they going after those who are generally making false claims.