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How could this be correct?

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Sunday, 7 October 2018
Period debt occurred: 
October 2013 to October 2019
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: 

I got one debt & so far Centrelink has taken $8,257 in repayments towards the debt with an outstanding amount of $9,183 but then they hit me with another debt of $2,662.

They said both debts are because I didn’t declare my income correctly but I don’t know why this wasn’t picked up when I did my tax returns.

It’s affected me on so many levels,
Financially as I’m a single parent working a casual job just trying to get ahead.

It’s also affected me mentally & physically as I left a DV relationship & I suffer from depression & anxiety, the stress of having to pay such a huge debt is extremely overwhelming & I don’t know how I’m expected to pay it back.

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

I think that the lack empathy & that there’s no transparency in the way they calculate how a person owes money.