I was hit with 3 debts.
Two from way back in 2011-2012, apparent over payment of newstart allowance due to my "incorrect reporting" & another debt from 2015 occuring due to me not declaring my partnership date correctly WHICH I ABSOLUTELY DID!!! Totaling $28,000!!!!
Ive already paid off $8k. Ive appealed all the debts, 2 have been dealt with. Resulting in $5k being knocked off due to admitted fault on centrelinks part for "doubling up"?!
What the hell does that mean?!
The 3rd debt is still in the appeals process, however ive recently noticed an additional $600 has been added for "intentionally misleading" centrelink!!!!
Im a newly single parent, fresh out of a DV relationship where i was hit by my partners car, had my phone smashed rendering me unable to call for help, & subsequently fleeing with my 2 toddlers.
This debt is SOUL CRUSHING!
The constant stress & worry about how the hell i'll ever pay it back especially given my new situation where money is extremely tight.
Centrelinks unwillingness to explain to me how & where the debts occurred or lack of information on their part is unacceptable.
People are taking their lives over these debts!!! I understand why too.
Absolutely abhorrently. Misinformation, lack of information, lack of transparency & lack of education to centrelink workers is unbelievable