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Parenting payment debt

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Period debt occurred: 
October 2016
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Payment Type: 
Parenting Payment
Appealing Debt?: 
I don't know how to
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

I had my daughter in April 2015. Spent 9 months on maternity leave then returned to work. Centrelink advised of this.
I had to report for my payments and did this without issue for a long time however reporting seized and payments were scheduled as per usual.

After advising centrelink I did not wish to be on a certain payment recently, they told me on a separate matter that I should have been reporting since October 2016 and to prepare for an enormous debt. I explained that I have always been upfront about my situation and advised centrelink of my return to work and I wasn't aware why the reporting stopped as I had no correspondance.
They said it was my fault that I didn't advise of a change on my circumstance. I asked what the change was and they said it was my return to work, though I replied that i most definitely did advise this as my kids were in childcare and have spoken to numerous centrelink reps, and also updated my family estimate to reflect my annual salary.

I am so stressed, my hopes and dreams of setting my kids up financially, I will need to give notice in my rental property as I can't afford high rent and a massive debt to centrelink.
I may even need to take my child out of childcare and possibly resign from my position in our regional university.

During the moment after speaking with centrelink I had suicidal thoughts.

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

It was centrelink who stopped the reporting on my file, now I'm being penalised for that.
I Did everything I was supposed to do.