RoboDebt must go: Community sector calls for end of Centrelink’s auto debt recovery program and the bullying of victims – ACOSS

Media Release A consortium of leading organisations from Australia’s community sector is calling on the government to immediately pull the plug on Centrelink’s RoboDebt, cease the intimidation and bullying of Centrelink clients and their families caught up in the automated debt recovery debacle, and provide a commitment that people’s protected information will not be publicly … [Read More] RoboDebt must go: Community sector calls for end of Centrelink’s auto debt recovery program and the bullying of victims – ACOSS

Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Jane Millar The Centrelink overpayments controversy highlights shortcomings in social security reforms in Australia and Britain Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can … [Read More] Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

ACOSS Statement on Centrelink Auto-Debt Recovery Program – ACOSS

Government must abandon Centrelink’s Auto-Debt Recovery Program to prevent further harm In a statement today, ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said: “This error-riddled Auto-Debt Recovery Program must be stopped without further delay. The tweaks announced by the Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge do not address the fundamental problems and serious concerns expressed by us … [Read More] ACOSS Statement on Centrelink Auto-Debt Recovery Program – ACOSS

Why Centrelink Should Adopt a Light Touch when Data Matching – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Helen Hodgson, Associate Professor, Curtin Law School and Curtin Business School, Curtin University. The Commonwealth Ombudsman has launched an investigation into Centrelink’s automated debt-recovery system. The issue had been referred after numerous complaints that the system, which matches income data reported to Centrelink with that held by the Australian Tax Office, was issuing … [Read More] Why Centrelink Should Adopt a Light Touch when Data Matching – The Conversation

CENTRELINK: In the News

Brotherhood Library Staff will monitor press and add to this post throughout the current week  12 January 2017 Centrelink cuts hurting the neediest — Hobart Mercury — It appears it will be some time before anyone from Centrelink or the Turnbull Government admits it, but Centrelink’s effort to recover “debt” from tens of thousands of welfare recipients … [Read More] CENTRELINK: In the News

A guide to Australian Government payments – Centrelink

A publication that provides payment rate information for Centrelink payments: 20 September 2016-31 December 2016 Centrelink Delivers payments and services and provides services at times of major change for: seniors job seekers students and trainees families carers parents people with disability Indigenous Australians, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds SOURCE: Australia. Department of Human Services. … [Read More] A guide to Australian Government payments – Centrelink

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