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Parenting Payment & Family Assistance

Debt amount: 
$6680
Date debt issued: 
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Period debt occurred: 
January 2010
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
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: 

Suffer from depression under financial pressure.
No cent received from Centerlink is worth the debt they claim you owe them come years down the track.

My debt stemmed from not reporting fortnightly (impossible as a single mum with a young child, juggling depression and trying to work.)
Being overpaid by work. My partner (whom I am financially independent from) not correctly disclosing his income and completing his tax on time.

Every year my Tax return goes to them to repay some debt they claim I have yet 8yrs later I still have a high debt.

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

Terrible, they are targeting the vulnerable, single parents, students, unemployed and low income families.
The system was supposed to help those not penalise.