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When I first received the letter informing me of my debt, I knew there must have been some kind of mistake. I had been on Youth Allowance as a high school and undergrad student, and was always diligent in recording my fortnightly income.
I only went on Newstart after experiencing a mental health crisis and being unable to work for 6 months.
This was the only time since age 15 that I had been unemployed.
This debt has come at a time where I'm venturing out to start my own business.
Money is tight, stress levels are high and there are so many balls in the air that I have to juggle – this debt is a source of stress, anxiety, and frustration.
1 DEAD 2 DEAD 3 DEAD 4 DEAD - me INCLUDED and due medical I am still here so Centrelink has killed me TWICE now
as first time when Centrelink arbitrarily stopped my concession card (no reason provided by Centrelink and no warning) so with only $10 to my name so my $6 concession-priced heart medicine suddenly $20 (remember I have only $10 to my name that time) so I did not buy my heart medicine HAD A HEART ATTACK and died
This debt caused me months of stress and anxiety, months of not sleeping or eating properly, severe suicidal ideations, feeling of complete hopelessness.
I felt like I had done something wrong when I hadn't.
I worried about losing my house, my animals, and my life.
Just basically not being able to live a comfortable life for as long as I could picture, to me it felt like my life was ending before I had actually lived any of it.
It has seriously caused me a lot of anxiety and several deeply depressive episodes
I spoke to Human Services late March 2019 and Probe Group, debt amount $800 plus $100. I discussed with the collection agency and filed an appeal which I have not received a response until I received a centre-link letter dated before my call payment of debt amount.
I am having a lot of stress for I am trying hard to catch up with all my financial loss since 2014 when I had an operation from my brain tumour and lost my business.
I am already a sufferer of Panic Disorder.
I received a Robodebt for when I was looking after my now deceased father fighting stage 4 Sarcoma.
I've been working so hard to pay off credit cards from that period where I wasn't receiving enough money to get by, to almost get on top of that nearly $10,000 of debt, and then to be slapped with a $2,000 robodebt that I don't agree with at all.
They have advised me if they debt was generated 10 days laters I wouldn’t have been assessed as it was past 7 years.
Then they said I only had to submit payslips until November 2013 but included all the money I made until June 2014 (30 000). I now have to get those payslips and go through each fortnight with my bank slips to prove that money was earned outside of my allowance.
I found out today that despite providing payslips for the period, the assessment was averaged out in the algorithm by the assessor. I was never given an explained where the debt came from.
i won but not all of it.
i was suicidal too. i wanted to do it right in front of the center link office.
It happened to me right when i had exposed rorting by the job agency i was working for. As a whistle blower, i lost my job.
I did not owe any money and i fought it for 2 yrs. got it reduced 3 times until i had an argument with someone Rob from centerlink who hung up on me and closed my case.
They took 2000.00 of my tax return. I had even worked out where they had calculated wrong and the guy knew it.
My story in a nutshell...
Since January 2019, I've been dealing with going through divorce, I was coward punched which landed me in hospital and had me recovering for the best past of 3 months, I've developed anxiety and severe depression and recently found out I have ADHD as well.
This is a random letter, there isn't even a date on when the debt was accrued. I have had a phone call as well. I have not received any FTB for years. We are not on any type of govt benefit. We are trying to deal with the current drought. This is just stupid!
This debt has severely affected my mental health.
I suffer from terrible anxiety and I constantly fear that my life is ruined because of this. I cannot afford to pay back such a large amount of money quickly.
I had to report every 2 weeks , which I did with my pay slip, always, but they say there was an error
Absolutely dismayed. Thier whole purpose is so you can 'move in to full time work' which i did.
My stress levels went through the roof because I knew that I had done the right thing, and they gave me only 28 days to prove my case.
I think my previous employer stuffed up the income statement. It stated $4,189 more income than I actually got in that period. Huge company, idiots.
Luckily all my pays went into one bank account and I got the printouts to prove my case.
After submitting a ton of documents, I never heard anything from Centrelink again.
No confirmation, no phone-call, nothing.
I was totally stunned when i received it.
I had been on a Widows Pension since 2006, but I'm being paid a Newstart Allowance. I only worked part time. I have been retired since 2013. They said they had overpaid me by $4000 for 2011 to 2012!!
Unbelievable waste of time, money and not to mention that fact that I have been accused of rorting the system. Despite all of this I will fight them all the way.
I've been through this twice now. Both times it was obvious to me where the mistake lay in their algorithms and I was able to explain it. But I was told I had to prove it anyway.
Both debts were 100% waived but after a painstaking wait.
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.