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Should not have to report again years later in order to avoid debt collectors

Debt amount: 
Date debt issued: 
Friday, 2 December 2016
Period debt occurred: 
July 2013 to June 2014
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: 

Very stressful to be told you suddenly owe a few thousand dollars when you did the right thing reporting income in the first place. Definitely can't afford to pay it all at once as I have a disability and can only work 3 days per week.

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

Extremely poorly! We have already reported employment income to Centrelink at the relevant time, should not have to do it again years later, in order to avoid debt collectors