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Why would centrelink have approved my youth allowance 4 years ago if I was working full time?

Debt amount: 
$5834
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 12 August 2016
Period debt occurred: 
March 2013 to June 2013
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: 

This has brought up alot of bad memories from a time that I was at a pretty big low, I had been fired from my job, therefore not earning an income which is why I was on centrelink, but the ATO says I was working until the end of the financial year even though I have provided my employment separation certificate on 3 occasions now which states the correct date that I worked until. Why would centrelink have approved my youth allowance 4 years ago if I was working full time at that time which they are trying to claim I was now?

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

This is the biggest load of crock. I have been into centrelink and spoken to staff about this, I have been told that the way the are going about recovering these 'debts' is just wrong and infact illegal.