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was planning on going on austudy while I'm a full time student, but this has given me pause

Debt amount: 
$1300
Date debt issued: 
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Period debt occurred: 
September 2013 to October 2013
Payment Type: 
Newstart 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: 

Significant impact on stress & anxiety. I'm currently not working & was planning on going on austudy while I'm a full time student, but this has given me pause.

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

It's ridiculous. Back in the day I filled out all the required paperwork & jumped through all their hoops to receive newstart payments while between jobs & yet none of this has been taken into account. I NEVER cheated the system & am being forced to pay back money I don't owe.