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They don't care how much it affects an individual's life

Debt amount: 
$6549
Date debt issued: 
Saturday, 12 January 2019
Period debt occurred: 
August 2013 to April 2015
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
Yes
Payment Type: 
Youth Allowance
Appealing Debt?: 
Yes in process
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

Receiving a debt notice of 6.5k has almost destroyed me. I question if life is worth living, because I don't know how I'm ever suppose to get by and pay this off.
Countless tears, breakdowns, anxiety. I feel as though I have no support, and that the Government will win this.

I had it appealed and told that they reduced it by $400, during this time they went a head and garnished my $2,000 tax refund on which I was relying to register my car.

I'm a hard working Nurse, who is underpaid and over worked due to government not providing enough funding to Hospitals.
I have other debts that continue from my nursing studying, because I had to complete 2-4 week blocks of placement where I was unable to have an income.

They do not care one bit, how much this can affect someones life, and mental health.

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

I feel as though they provide NO evidence or explanation of how the came to this figure.
On appeal they never provide any evidence of how they calculate it.

The government would be raking in huge amounts of money from people who are low income as it is.
The cost of living is extremely high and they want to take more money from us.